ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

A Democrat-backed bill that, under the state’s new carbon cap-and-trade regime, would have provided carbon allowances to two unbuilt natural gas plants in Charles City County died Thursday at the request of its patron.Sen. Lionell Spruill, D-Chesapeake, asked for his bill, SB 992, to be stricken from the House...
Back in 2018, as Dominion Energy was pushing its contentious Grid Transformation and Security Act through the General Assembly, the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee was debating whether the legislation allowed a "double dip" — that is, billing ratepayers twice for hundreds of millions in new utility spending contemplated...
As Democrats bring home one of their top-line energy goals of the session, joining Virginia with the cap-and-trade Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the caucus is holding firm against one company’s efforts to bring down its compliance costs even as it’s quietly cleared the way for two power producers to...
By Bradley DunsmoreAs the second largest agricultural county in Virginia, our farmers' livelihoods are dependent on the land. They want to do everything in their power to implement conservation practices that protect their land and the Chesapeake Bay.For years, our farmers have voluntarily installed conservation practices that are making...
Even before major legislation that would set a timeline for the closure of all of Virginia’s coal plants clears the General Assembly, two coal-burning facilities in Chesterfield and King George have announced retirements.On Feb. 20, Dominion Energy notified PJM, the regional electric grid operator from which Virginia gets its...
As the General Assembly shows an increasing interest in bulking up Virginia’s energy storage capacity, the State Corporation Commission has signed off on three pilot projects proposed by Dominion Energy to explore the potential batteries have to transform the electric grid.In an order dated Feb. 14, the SCC approved...
The powerful Senate Commerce and Labor Committee chaired by Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, D-Fairfax, finished off the last remaining bills that would have expanded electric competition in utility-dominated Virginia at a meeting Monday night.Sen. Tommy Norment, R-James City, characterized the proposals as a form of deregulation, telling colleagues...
Virginia lawmakers cleared residents to smoke industrial hemp Monday, though they say they didn’t really understand why anyone would want to.Technically, the fibrous plant is already legal under federal law, but Del. Danny Marshall, R-Danville, said he wanted to clear up any confusion about the smokable version, which looks...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Where does a trail end and the land beneath it begin?That’s just one of the thorny questions the Supreme Court grappled with Monday morning during a one-hour hearing on a U.S. Forest Service permit for the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline that has been hotly anticipated by...
When it was first introduced, and before the utilities and special interests got their grubby little paws on it, the Clean Economy Act was an ambitious and far-reaching overhaul of Virginia energy policy that turned a little timid when it came to particulars. Sausage-making ensued. The bill that emerged from the...