ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

Two sites linked to high-profile environmental battles were among seven selected by Preservation Virginia for its 2020 list of the commonwealth's "Most Endangered Historic Places," released Tuesday.The Pine Grove School Community, a rural area of homes, businesses and churches that centers on the 103-year-old Pine Grove Rosenwald School for...
By Chris Meyer and John Semmelhack In Virginia, the time to adopt policies to promote electricity over natural gas has come. Widespread electrification of space heating, water heating and cooking has the potential to significantly reduce CO2 emissions and improve public health. As our electric grid’s renewable energy has grown, the...
WASHINGTON — U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Wednesday accused the top attorneys from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia of pursuing a “frivolous lawsuit” against his agency, warning that the legal action will hamstring efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. Wheeler testified Wednesday before the U.S. Senate...
By Tom Pelton and Mariah Lamm With a Chesapeake Bay cleanup deadline bearing down in less than five years, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring yesterday joined his counterparts in Maryland and the District of Columbia in filing a notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency over its failure to enforce a landmark...
Three years after private backers secured state regulators’ approval to build a major new natural gas plant in Charles City County, the fate of the facility has become a key factor in a controversial proposal by Virginia Natural Gas to expand its pipeline infrastructure throughout Northern and Central Virginia. “The...
Four and a half months after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s top Chesapeake Bay official called the goals of the decades-old Chesapeake Bay Program merely “aspirational,” Virginia is joining Maryland and the District of Columbia in legal action that aims to force the EPA to enforce state pollution reduction...
The more things change, the more they stay the same.Dominion Energy Virginia filed its 2020 Integrated Resource Plan on May 1. Instead of charting the electric utility’s pathway to zero carbon emissions, it announced its intent to hang on to all its gas plants, and even add to...
With sweeping new clean energy laws set to go into effect July 1, Virginia utility regulators are preparing to reopen a popular program that allowed customers including local governments, school systems and churches to get their energy from non-utility solar developers.The program, which has been run as a pilot...
By Mike Murphy and Kathy Freise In March, Virginia’s electric cooperatives quietly signed a letter to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and members of the General Assembly asking them to delay the implementation of several new laws. The letter bore the letterhead of a group calling itself the “Coalition for a...
By David SlighIn March, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality announced a new stakeholder advisory group to discuss numeric criteria for turbidity in streams.Turbidity is a measure of sediment (dirt) and organic materials that make waterbodies cloudy or muddy, harm fish and other critters and impair human uses....