ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

Virginia’s solar industry has seen rapid growth in customer demand over the past two years, and a bill that recently passed through the state legislature appears to be a huge victory for solar customers and the electric cooperative industry.However, the full projected outcomes of this bill for residential solar...
As a proposal to construct the largest solar energy facility on the East Coast prepares to go before the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors Tuesday night, determined opposition from some neighbors highlights the tension between what locals want in their backyards and growing demand for renewable energy.This January, the...
In siding with corporate interests against the better judgment of affected communities and citizens and ignoring key environmental issues, Gov. Ralph Northam's administration has revealed a fact pattern in its efforts to suppress justice in the commonwealth.Actions taken by the Northam administration involving the Virginia State Air Pollution Control...
BUCKINGHAM — John Laury missed his hometown when he lived in California.Union Hill was quiet and clean. Unlike the San Bernadino valley where he lived, smog and heavy air never settled over him, making it hard to breathe.In 2003, he and his wife, Ruby, went back home to Union...
After years of effort from advocates and lawmakers alike, along with multiple studies on how to do it and the cost, both the House and Senate passed legislation last week outlining how and when Dominion Energy will clean up about 30 million tons of coal ash at four sites...
The company behind the Mountain Valley Pipeline says it's the subject of a criminal investigation by the EPA and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia into potential violations of the Clean Water Act and other federal statutes.EQM Midstream Partners made the disclosure in its 2018...
Almost 70 percent of the world’s internet traffic passes through data centers in Loudoun County on a daily basis.More than 100 massive data centers, over 10 million square feet of building space, dot the Northern Virginia landscape around Dulles Airport in what is known as “Data Center Alley.”...
More than two months after it voted to hold a hearing to consider revocation of a key certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, sued by the state over several hundred alleged environmental violations, the State Water Control Board has finally scheduled a meeting for March 1 on the topic.However,...
WASHINGTON — Virginia Democrats are calling on the Trump administration to reverse course on recent moves that could allow seismic airgun testing and offshore drilling off the East Coast.All nine Democrats in Virginia's U.S. congressional delegation — two senators and seven representatives — wrote a letter to Commerce Secretary...
The Solar Foundation has released its National Solar Jobs Census for 2018, showing solar jobs in Virginia increased from 3,565 in 2017 to 3,890 in 2017, an increase of nine percent.That puts Virginia 20th in the nation for solar jobs, though only 34th if measured on a per...