Virginia Legislators Look to Tax Breaks and Barrier-Busting to Boost Renewable Energy

February 5, 2016 by Ivy Main

Virginia Energy Legislation

The orchestrated mayhem of the Virginia General Assembly session is well underway. Weeks have passed and not much time remains until what’s known as “Crossover,” after which any bill that hasn’t passed its own chamber is effectively dead.[read more]

Virginia Loves Nuclear But Hates Uranium. Why?

January 4, 2016 by Rod Adams

Virginia may be the only state in the United States with an actual law that is designed to create a public-private partnership structure whose mission is to strengthen, promote, and support the development of its nuclear energy and technology industries.[read more]

Virginia Wind and Solar Companies sSay Tax Credit Extensions Cue Up a Happy New Year

December 24, 2015 by Ivy Main

Virginia and Renewable Tax Credits

Congress included a welcome gift to the wind and solar industries in last week’s package of goodies that made up the year-end spending bill. For the wind industry, the renewal of the expired production tax credit (PTC) with a five-year phase-out finally ends the guessing game.[read more]

Dominion Virginia Power Ordered to Refund $19.7 Million to Customers, but Gets to Keep a Billion in Future Overcharges

December 18, 2015 by Ivy Main

Dominion and Future Billing

The State Corporation Commission has ordered Dominion to refund $19.7 million to customers, reflecting excess earnings during 2013 and 2014. But the company will not have to lower its rates going forward, due to its success in getting a bill passed that freezes base rates and eliminates rate reviews until 2022.[read more]

At the 'Tip of the Spear' for Solar Energy in Virginia: Tony Smith

August 26, 2015 by Jim Pierobon

Solar Energy Forefront in Virginia

A handful of individuals and their organizations have persevered to develop pathways for the implementation of cost-effective solar energy in Virginia, a state where utilities are widely viewed to be undermining the adoption of solar by their customers.[read more]

Virginia's General Assembly likes Solar Energy. Will That Be Enough?

March 29, 2015 by Ivy Main

Virginia’s General Assembly broke new ground in February when it passed legislation declaring up to 500 megawatts of utility solar power “in the public interest.” The language will help projects gain regulatory approval from the State Corporation Commission, which has been hostile to renewable energy.[read more]

Virginia Energy: Surprise Endings to a Week of Bad News on Energy and Climate Bills

February 7, 2015 by Ivy Main

More than a hundred representatives of energy efficiency and renewable energy businesses descended on Richmond Tuesday for Clean Energy Lobby Day. After meetings with legislators, many of them stayed to attend a critical subcommittee meeting where most of this year’s clean energy bills came up for votes.[read more]


10 Solar Energy Proposals in Virginia to Watch During its Short 2015 General Assembly

January 31, 2015 by Jim Pierobon

Virginia Solar Energy Legislation

It would take a hermit not to recognize the pent-up demand for solar throughout much of Virginia. While states such as North Carolina and Georgia are seeing significant growth, Virginia lags far behind and is all but ignoring the opportunity to diversify its economy with cleaner energy sources.[read more]


Winds of Change for Cleaner Energy and More Efficiency in Virginia, How Steep is the Uphill Struggle?

May 13, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

Clean Energy and Efficiency Support in Virginia

“What’s amazing is the stranglehold the coal industry and Dominion Power have over Virginia’s political system,” said political commentator Lowell Feld. “It’s frustrating because there is huge potential for renewable energy in this state. These industries can hang for on a long time. It’s difficult to uproot them.”[read more]


Sixth Graders in Charlottesville, Virginia Step Up To Urge Dominion Virginia Power Toward Renewables, No More Nuclear

May 7, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

Sixth Graders and Renewables Advocacy

In preparing for hearings dedicated to public comments about the Integrated Resource Plan for Dominion Virginia Power, the Virginia State Corporation Commission received a unique notice. 10 sixth graders from Sutherland Middle School in Charlottesville, VA were signing up to testify.[read more]


Toward a New Clean Energy Politics

December 24, 2013 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

Politics and Clean Energy

Virginians recently traveled to the polls to elect a new governor. The election was marked by ambivalence, as the candidates were exceptionally unpopular, even within their own parties. The Virginia gubernatorial race is an example of how in American politics, voters’ choices can be severely limited.[read more]

A $1.6 Million Win In America's Second Offshore Wind Energy Lease Auction

September 7, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Offshore Wind Leasing

Offshore wind took another major step toward becoming reality in America yesterday with the second-ever competitive lease sale to develop renewable energy in federal waters. The auction was the second successful DOI offshore wind lease sale held in a month.[read more]

Virginia is Feeling the Heat From Climate Change

July 28, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Change in Northern Virginia

Being from Northern Virginia, right outside of Washington, D.C., I was fortunate enough to experience the region’s fairly consistent climate throughout the seasons. In the late 1980’s and 1990’s, I experienced what I considered a “normal” temperate climate.[read more]

Offshore Drilling in Virginia Threatens Economy, Environment, and Naval Operations

May 27, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Naval exercises near Norfolk


Virginia’s leaders should instead look to a proven source of homegrown energy development that will create new jobs without jeopardizing current ones or contributing to our nation’s unsustainable thirst for climate-altering fossil fuels.[read more]

When Global Warming Hits Home (Literally)

May 12, 2012 by Peter Lehner

Photo by Sue Waters via Flickr

In a recent PBS documentary, the mayor of Norfolk, Virginia, Paul Fraim, talks about how flooding has become a monthly occurrence in his town, and how global warming and sea level rise are as much a daily issue for him as education and fighting crime. In some parts of Norfolk, streets turn into rivers at high tide. Homes are flooded five...[read more]