ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT

By Jolene Mafnas With early voting beginning later this month in the gubernatorial primary, candidates for Virginia’s highest political office are already off to the races. As candidates work to carve out a niche for themselves among the crowded field, they are turning to climate change to make their boldest...
On the second Easter Sunday of the pandemic, as children all around Virginia hunted for eggs on the ground, the most eagerly anticipated egg of all was gently deposited 22 stories above the city of Richmond by a peregrine falcon named 95/AK.  It’s safe to say that 95/AK gave the...
Appalachian Power Company is appealing state regulators’ denial of a base rate increase to the Supreme Court of Virginia in a case that could challenge the constitutionality of state law governing the earnings of both Appalachian and Dominion Energy. That denial of a rate increase last year “results in a...
One of the most exciting areas of energy technology today is storage. With wind and solar now the leading sources of new energy capacity in the U.S., maximizing their potential in the future depends on the development of storage solutions with different durations and applications.  We tend to think first...
Unveiling what he called the boldest domestic spending package since the construction of America’s interstate highway system and the dawning of the space race, President Joe Biden released broad details of a $2 trillion infrastructure package that would rebuild highways and bridges, along with providing funding programs for housing,...
The geography of Mathews County was carved by catastrophe. Thirty-five million years ago, a meteorite or comet tore through the Earth’s atmosphere and slammed into its surface somewhere between the county and what is now called Cape Charles. In the ruin it left behind, the Chesapeake Bay would form. Mathews,...
Despite developers’ hopes of completing the Mountain Valley Pipeline by the end of 2021, Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality has told federal officials that it won’t be able to issue a new water quality permit for the project's stream crossings before December.   “Based on the complexity of this project and...
A state senator is asking Attorney General Mark Herring’s office to weigh in on whether the state should have extended an air permit for the planned C4GT natural gas plant in Charles City County after its developer hastily poured concrete on the day its permit was set to expire.  “I...
WASHINGTON  — The House Agriculture Committee on Thursday took testimony on decades of racial discrimination faced by Black farmers in their dealings with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The committee’s chairman, Rep. David Scott, (D-Ga.), said the testimony at the virtual hearing would help the panel craft legislation that aims...
Much of Blackjewel’s former coal empire in Virginia remains in disarray, even as a federal judge signed off on a bankruptcy settlement this week. More than two dozen Virginia mining permits controlled by the company are in limbo, with a handful unable to find a buyer and most of the...