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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solar stakeholders and academic researchers to agree on a methodology for valuing small solar energy systems have withdrawn their participation leaving the state-directed...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    

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

A recent assessment of statewide energy efficiency initiatives by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy  (ACEEE) ranked Virginia 36th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia (see map below).  So it’s no surprise...

Posted July 29, 2014    

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

Cleaner energy policies and markets are flourishing globally and throughout much of the U.S. but not in the Commonwealth of Virginia. So stakeholders there have mapped a plan to catch up.More than 60 advocates for jump-starting clean energy policies...

Posted July 16, 2014    

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

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...

Posted June 18, 2014    

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

Whether one believes or denies global warming is being caused by humans, today will be remembered as the day the U.S. set an actionable framework by executive fiat for reducing harmful carbon emissions from existing power plants running on fossil...

Posted June 2, 2014    

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

Monopoly control of electric service prohibits competition along with the innovation and ratepayer savings that can come with itVirginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition and others are mounting a serious push for more efficiency and renewable...

Posted May 13, 2014    

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

In preparing for public hearings dedicated this spring to public comments about the Integrated Resource Plan for Dominion Virginia Power, the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond recently received a unique notice. Teachers at the...

Posted May 7, 2014    

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

For all of the fiscal and environmental logic that supports the case for a carbon tax in the U.S., the politics keep getting in the way. Besides the opposition from most elected conservatives, two developments looming in the future could change all...

Posted April 28, 2014    

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

This year’s Earth Day and college graduation ceremonies set for next month provide a timely platform to spotlight what colleges and universities in the U.S. are doing to arm this generation’s ability to deal with the environmental challenges they...

Posted April 22, 2014