Sustainability en Going Green? VA Called the 'Dark State' of Solar <p>Critics say Virginia lags behind neighboring states in the development of wind and solar power, in part because lawmakers are influenced by two monopolies – Dominion and Appalachian Power.&nbsp;</p><p>It’s more profitable for them to stay with fossil fuels and nuclear power, and the state requires them to keep prices down, but supporters of renewable energy say lawmakers are coming around.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:39:00 +0000 Sandy Hausman 18771 at Going Green? VA Called the 'Dark State' of Solar Going Green? Cost is a Primary Concern in VA <p>Despite concerns about climate change, Virginia’s largest electric utility still generates more than half of its electricity from fossil fuels, and by 2027 Dominion Power expects to get&nbsp; nearly 60% of its power from coal and gas.&nbsp;</p><p>The state’s other electric utility, Appalachian Power, is also big on carbon-based fuel.&nbsp; By 2020, parent company AEP says 79% of its power will come from burning coal and gas.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:39:00 +0000 Sandy Hausman 18704 at Going Green? Cost is a Primary Concern in VA Passivhaus & Energy Efficiency <p>According to Virginia Dominion Power the average monthly residential electric bill in the state is $119.82 a month.&nbsp;</p><p>With the deep temperatures of winter and depending on our heat source we can find bills for a single month two to three times that amount.</p><p>But there's a method of home construction that for one homeowner has cut their electric bill by more than half the state average.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Tab O'Neal 14822 at Passivhaus & Energy Efficiency Wood Pellets & Sustainability <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The European Union is pushing member states to go green -- offering incentives and requiring that utilities cut their carbon emissions and increase their use of renewable energy sources by 20%.&nbsp; That sounds like a noble goal, but it may be having unintended consequences in Virginia and neighboring states – consequences that have some environmentalists up in arms.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 19:00:14 +0000 Sandy Hausman 14722 at Wood Pellets & Sustainability Restorative Logging with Horsepower <p>Southwestern Virginia is home to one of the most botanically diverse forests in the temperate world....where roughly 7 out of every 10 acres here is forestland.&nbsp; Some loggers say the best way to preserve this bounty for future generations is by logging it&hellip; carefully.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:47:33 +0000 Robbie Harris 12012 at Restorative Logging with Horsepower