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Sustainability pros and advocates in Southwest Virginia persevere amid skepticism, Tea Party opposition

Few, if any, Virginians believe working on sustainability initiatives in the southwestern part of the state is an easy task. Many people who live or work there know some elected officials who are openly skeptical about human-influenced global...

Posted February 17, 2015    

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

It would take a hermit not to recognize the pent-up demand for solar energy throughout much of the Commonwealth of Virginia. While states such as North Carolina and Georgia are seeing significant growth, Virginia lags far behind and is all but...

Posted January 30, 2015    

Communicating About Climate Change: 'The Elephant We're All Inside Of'

How stakeholders communicate about climate change has long been framed by who’s doing the framing as much, or more so, than the information being communicated. So I am forever curious how various stakeholders – believers, skeptics and deniers alike...

Posted January 12, 2015    

EPA's Coal Ash Storage Rule Shouldn't Let Utilities Off the Hook: Viable Options Exist

For a President who likes to champion cleaner, safer and cost effective energy and environmental solutions, it caught some by surprise when Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency punted on December 19th on classifying toxic coal ash as a...

Posted December 29, 2014    

Valuing Solar Energy: Two Models to Use

For every state beginning to wrestle with the value of solar and how it should be reflected in net metering, standby charges and future cost-of-carbon deliberations, just about every one is conflicted by politics, especially where there is a...

Posted December 15, 2014    

A New Platform to Guide Utility Regulations To Let Solar and Distributed Energy Flourish

If you could start from a clean slate to regulate electric utilities, how would you begin and how would you reflect the changing dynamics in the electricity industry, especially with respect to solar energy and distributed generation?In what could...

Posted November 28, 2014    

Coal Ash Waste Disposal by Utilities Set to Improve December 19th, But What About the Growing Risks of‘ 'Legacy' Pits?

If someone were to tell you that neither a state nor the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ever established regulations for disposing of coal ash waste by utilities, would you believe him/her?You’d be inclined to say no, right? Heck, there...

Posted November 24, 2014    

Tea Party Organizer Debbie Dooley Taking Her Advocacy for Solar Energy and Against Utility Monopolies to Florida, Virginia, and Wisconsin

When Debbie Dooley seized the mantle as solar energy’s newest and most vocal champion in Georgia last year, solar advocates in other states began wondering how they could replicate her efforts. Well they may have an answer as Dooley is testing the ‘...

Posted October 30, 2014    

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

Utilities in Virginia which had been collaborating with local governments, solar stakeholders and academic researchers to agree on a methodology for valuing small solar energy systems have withdrawn their participation leaving the state-directed...

Posted September 26, 2014    

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

Another state in the Southeast U.S. 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 and...

Posted September 8, 2014    

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

‘Solarize’ Virginia coops demonstrating the broadening appeal of rooftop solar through bulk purchasing networksVirginia may be one of the last markets that leading solar installers would look to enter but that isn’t stopping local community...

Posted August 25, 2014    

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

Pressure from customers and other stakeholders is boosting utility commitments to programs and tools designed to save energy and enable markets for renewable sources of electricity, so says a report by Ceres, a sustainability-focused non-profit and...

Posted August 5, 2014