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Virginia Utilities Pull Out of Collaboration Working on a Method to Value Solar Energy

September 26, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Virginia Utilities and Solar Valuation

"It looks like the utilities didn't like what the study is finding, and they are hoping that walking out of the room will make it go away,” said Ivy Main, a prominent blogger about clean energy in Virginia and a participant in the Small Solar Working Group.[read more]

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With New Law, South Carolina Sets a Foundation for More Solar Energy

September 8, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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South Carolina and Solar

Another state in the Southeast United States is recognizing the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy as commissioners, utilities and stakeholders in South Carolina are ironing out details of a new solar law that enables third-party leasing.[read more]

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Who Says Solar Energy Doesn't Make Sense in Virginia?

August 25, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Virginia and Solar Energy

“People like to be part of something positive,” said Aaron Sutch, Program Director of VA SUN, an offshoot of Community Power Network in Washington, DC. “The social aspect of participating as a community in a technology that enables self-reliance while helping the environment is a real driver.”[read more]

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Utility Clean Energy Deployment: Do Enough Customers and Stakeholders Care in Virginia?

August 5, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Utilities and Clean Energy

Former FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff's has advice to clean energy advocates: “Consumers must hold electric utilities and their regulators accountable and insist upon accelerating the deployment of clean energy and managing the transition to distributed generation (including rooftop solar) and open electricity markets.”[read more]

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Improving Energy Efficiency in Virginia: A Better Way Forward from the Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition

July 29, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

Virginia Energy Efficiency Development

There’s been a gaping void of credible policy recommendations designed to create and develop markets for services that can help all Virginia residents, businesses and government agencies conserve the electricity and natural gas they use . . . until now.[read more]

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Here is One Forward-Looking and Very Ambitious Clean Energy Plan for Virginia

July 16, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Virginia Clean Energy Future

The Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition (VAEIC) has made more than 70 recommendations to Gov. Terry McAuliffe. How many he adopts will be closely watched by clean energy stakeholders in Virginia and beyond. After that it will be the General Assembly's turn to act on the state's updated Energy Plan.[read more]

Here's the First Peek at Pent-Up Demand for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Virginia

June 18, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

Virginia Energy Diversification Efforts

Efforts by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to diversify the state’s energy mix are off to a curious start. He created an “Energy Council” to advise him and set six dates for “listening sessions” throughout the Commonwealth to field recommendations from the public.[read more]

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10 Key Questions for Assessing EPA's Proposed Carbon Rules Under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act

June 2, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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EPA Carbon Rules Announcement

The EPA can't mandate how utilities achieve proposed emissions reductions. It is only setting guidelines for what states must do. That said, if the EPA does not like what it sees over the next two years before Obama leaves the White House, it can send state regulators back to their drawing boards.[read more]

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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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One Plausible Scenario that Could Produce a US Tax on Carbon Emissions, With One Caveat

April 28, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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US Carbon Tax Scenarios

For proponents of a carbon tax – as I am – this could enable the marketplace to determine the most cost-effective, lower carbon, energy source, help clean up our air and water and, importantly, lead by example for other countries yet to grapple pursue climate solutions.[read more]

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How the Top-Rated Colleges for Sustainability Are Raising the Bar: From Princeton Review's Annual 'Guide to Green Colleges'

April 22, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Green Colleges Raising the Bar

More colleges are offering sustainability majors, have greenhouse gas reduction programs underway, and are ramping up interaction with administrators about sustainability. But the percentage offering locally grown and organic foods actually dipped slightly from last year. -Princeton Review's Davie Soto[read more]

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Here is How the Economics of Privately-Held LNG from Frigid Siberia are Shaping Up to Compete in European and Asian Natural Gas Markets

March 21, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

LNG from Siberia

Here’s a peak at what might be the second most cost-effective natural gas resource in the world -- and it doesn’t involve hydraulic fracturing. Technically, it is a conventional gas play in Russia but not in the customary use of the word, and it does not involve Gazprom.[read more]

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Wonder How the Next Generation Wants to Drive Sustainability? Check out These "Future Influencers" from Siemens

March 14, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Sustainability and Ideas

Siemens AG has brought together what its leaders consider to be likely “future decision makers and thought leaders” to exchange ideas, participate in live dialogues and otherwise collaborate on how best to create a more sustainable energy future.[read more]

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'Mechatronics' is Central to How Siemens Recruits and Trains Qualified Engineers for its Combined-Cycle Gas Turbine Manufacturing Plant

March 11, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Siemens Manufacturing Plant

When Siemens AG decided to focus the manufacturing of state-of-the-technology combined-cycle natural gas turbines, it encountered difficulty securing the needed technicians and skilled machinists and welders. It moved quickly to fill the gap with a relatively unique combination of initiatives.[read more]