Energy en Going Green? Maybe Not, Virginia <p></p><p>In 2013, the Solar Energy Industries Association says installations were up 41% nationwide, with North Carolina ranking third for installed solar capacity and Maryland 16th, but neighboring Virginia was far down the list at number 26.&nbsp;</p><p>Thirty states, including West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, have land-based wind farms, but Virginia has none.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:45:00 +0000 Sandy Hausman 18609 at Going Green? Maybe Not, Virginia Going Green? Wind vs. Public Opinion <p>Virginia is blessed with wind – in the mountains and along its shores, so you might expect this state to jump quickly into the business of generating electricity from&nbsp; turbines.&nbsp;</p><p>Likewise, there’s plenty of sunshine, but Dominion Virginia Power’s preferred plan for 2027 shows just four percent of our electricity coming from renewable sources. Appalachian Power will be at 9% by 2020, but most of that energy will come from existing hydro-electric dams.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Sandy Hausman 18664 at Going Green? Wind vs. Public Opinion Solarizing Blacksburg <p>Many people like the idea of using renewable energy such as solar power, but the high costs of installation have been holding them back.&nbsp;</p><p>Blacksburg is launching a program that is the first of its kind in the state, which could dramatically cut those costs. &nbsp;</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>A new program called, Solarize Blacksburg will use an array of financial tools based on bulk purchasing and other financial incentives that could cut the cost of a rooftop solar system almost in half.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:00:15 +0000 Robbie Harris 18019 at Solarizing Blacksburg Coal Ash Spill Affects Virginia and North Carolina <p>We’ve told you about a coal ash spill in Eden, North Carolina that’s worked its way into the Dan River in Danville.&nbsp; Officials with Duke Energy, the company in charge of the spill, along with state and local officials, have conducted tests on the drinking water there.</p><p>Duke Energy officials will be giving an update to Danville City Council members Friday at 1pm.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:47:56 +0000 Beverly Amsler 16951 at Coal Ash Spill Affects Virginia and North Carolina 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