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

May 13, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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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]

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

May 7, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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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]

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Toward a New Clean Energy Politics

December 24, 2013 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute
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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
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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
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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]

An Earthquake, In Virginia??

August 24, 2011 by Alisha Fowler
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This is weird. Today at 1:51 pm Eastern time a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck northwest of Richmond, VA. It was felt as far north as New York City.[read more]

Dominion's North Anna reactors ride out 5.9 magnitude earthquake

August 24, 2011 by a b

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake (USGS data) shook much of the east coast at 1:51 PM eastern time today. Dominion’s North Anna reactors went off line safely and are on emergency power using four diesel generators.[read more]

U.S. new reactor plans snap, crackle, & pop

March 3, 2011 by a b

Progress noted in Texas and Virginia The nuclear renaissance in the U.S. had some tough going in 2010. The low point of the year was Constellation's decision to walk away from the Calvert Cliffs III reactor project over a dispute with the federal government about loan guarantees. The project may be turning around and there is more good...[read more]

Climate hawk Tom Perriello says cap-and-trade vote had little to do with his defeat

November 5, 2010 by Joseph Romm

He thinks his support of cap and trade had little to do with his defeat. He said it seemed in Tuesday’s election that congressmen who supported cap and trade fared better overall than those who did not. That’s from a Martinsville Bulletin piece today on Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA). He was citing post-election analysis that found nearly two...[read more]

It's Time to Let Virginia Drill

March 15, 2010 by Geoffrey Styles

At last Thursday's Summit on Virginia's Energy Future in Richmond, Governor Robert McDonnell delivered a detailed talk on the state's energy opportunities and the bi-partisan commitment of the legislature and Virginia's US Senators and Congressional delegation to capitalize on them, including its offshore oil, gas and wind resources. He...[read more]

Virginia uranium study starts

March 12, 2010 by a b

Coles Hill site has an estimated 119 million pounds of uranium worth over $5 billion at current prices This blog post is an edited version of an article published in Fuel Cycle Week, V9:N366, March 3, 2010, by International Nuclear Associates, Washington, DC. The long-awaited study on the environmental and economic impacts of the giant...[read more]

Virginia develops vertical wind turbine

October 29, 2009 by ToddWallace

A company in Charlottesville, Virginia, along with researchers from the University of Virginia are working on the Blade Runner 5000, a vertical wind turbine that is smaller, cheaper and more efficient than traditional turbines. The final version is expected to stand 150 feet tall, measure 15 feet in diameter and cost an estimated $150,...[read more]

Areva launches at Newport News

July 23, 2009 by a b

A facility known for world class ship building will now also be manufacturing components for commercial nuclear reactorsAREVA and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, a sector of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), have joined forces to build a new nuclear manufacturing and engineering facility in Newport News, Va. The joint venture...[read more]