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Are Small Changes Eating Away at Net Metering?

August 3, 2015 by Ivy Main

Net Metering and Policy Adjustments

Many owners of solar homes were surprised this spring to get letters in the mail from their utilities, informing them of pending changes in Virginia’s net metering rules. A late addition restricts the capacity of net-metered projects to just what is needed to meet the customer’s “expected annual energy consumption.[read more]


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

September 26, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

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]


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

August 25, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

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]


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

August 5, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

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]


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]


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

July 16, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

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]

Ending Virginia's Gas Tax: Smart Energy Policy?

January 11, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

Gas Prices via Shutterstock

I don't know if the Speaker of Virginia's House of Delegates intended a double entendre when he referred to the state gasoline tax that Governor Bob McDonnell (R) just proposed eliminating as a "dinosaur tax".  He was certainly correct that this tax is rapidly becoming outmoded as its capacity to keep pace...[read more]

Gamesa Ditches Virginia Offshore Wind Project

May 17, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

image via Gamesa

Spanish wind-power company Gamesa is pulling the plug on Virginia. Gamesa’s first offshore wind turbine prototype was planned for installation off Cape Charles, Va., but now the company says it will cite the turbine in Arinaga Quay in the Canary Islands.Gamesa said it expects to begin installation of the G128-5.0 megawatt (MW)...[read more]

Virginia uranium study starts

March 12, 2010 by Dan Yurman

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]