Appalachian Power

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Lawmakers in Richmond are deep in a discussion about lifting a freeze on utility rates that has customers overpaying electric companies. But lawmakers are divided over what happens next.

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Lawmakers are talking energy regulation, although they’re not agreeing on much.

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Appalachian Power will bring 200 more employees into its downtown Roanoke headquarters. But the project is more than just a remodel.

Robbie Harris

The rise of solar electricity presents a good of problem to have. There is lots of power while the sun shines, but almost no way to save it for a rainy day. 

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For most electricity consumers, it's a one way street. Your utility sells it to you and you pay your bill each month based on how much you use.   But that’s changing.  Soon, rooftop solar producers could play a role in making the power grid more resilient to outages. Robbie Harris reports.