Energy en Fighting the Backyard Pipeline <p>Fracking has produced a glut of oil and gas in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.&nbsp; Energy companies are desperate to get those products to market, and utilities are anxious to make the switch from coal to clean-burning gas.&nbsp;</p><p>There is, however, something standing in the way – people who want nothing to do with pipelines in their communities.&nbsp; In Nelson County, three groups have already formed to fight a pipeline that would also pass through Buckingham, Dinwiddie and Brunswick counties en route to North Carolina.</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:33:55 +0000 Sandy Hausman 24679 at Fighting the Backyard Pipeline Offshore Wind Energy Efforts Lagging in the Old Dominion <div style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'bookman old style', 'new york', times, serif;"><span style="font-size: 18pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">When it comes to offshore wind energy development, some environmental organizations say Virginia leaders are on the right track, but they need to greatly pick up the pace. An alliance that includes Environment Virginia and the Virginia Conservation Network says other East Coast states are eyeing wind-turbine dominance. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:56:51 +0000 Tommie McNeil 24147 at Offshore Wind Energy Efforts Lagging in the Old Dominion Solar Girl <p>Charlottesville, Richmond and Roanoke are following Blacksburg’s lead in launching campaigns to promote solar power on residential rooftops.&nbsp; By purchasing panels in bulk, organizers can offer substantial discounts.&nbsp; It’s a strategy that one University of Virginia graduate is using to persuade the nation that <strong><em>renewable</em></strong> is <strong><em>do-able</em></strong>.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:52:17 +0000 Sandy Hausman 23716 at Solar Girl Former Coal Miner Preaches the Gospel of Green Energy <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;Summer was, historically, a time for itinerant preachers to travel the country, saving souls&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">at tent revivals. Today, a not-for-profit called Appalachian Voices is following that tradition, putting a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">fourth generation coal miner on the road to preach the gospel of green energy. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:09:29 +0000 Sandy Hausman 23086 at Former Coal Miner Preaches the Gospel of Green Energy VA Environmental Stewards Rewarded for Their Efforts <div>Employees from 77 Virginia businesses will stroll down the green carpet outside Charlottesville’s</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Paramount Theater Thursday night, to accept awards from the Better Business Challenge. A look at&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the competition and what it’s achieved.&nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:33:21 +0000 Sandy Hausman 23082 at VA Environmental Stewards Rewarded for Their Efforts