Energy

Part 1 of 5
12:45 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Going Green? Maybe Not, Virginia

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. 

Thirty states, including West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, have land-based wind farms, but Virginia has none. 

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Part 2 of 5
12:43 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Going Green? Wind vs. Public Opinion

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  turbines. 

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. 

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Cutting Costs
5:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Solarizing Blacksburg

Credit Image: Solarize Blacksburg

Many people like the idea of using renewable energy such as solar power, but the high costs of installation have been holding them back. 

Blacksburg is launching a program that is the first of its kind in the state, which could dramatically cut those costs.  

 

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.

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Environment
11:47 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Coal Ash Spill Affects Virginia and North Carolina

Credit Lynchburg News and Advance

We’ve told you about a coal ash spill in Eden, North Carolina that’s worked its way into the Dan River in Danville.  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.

Duke Energy officials will be giving an update to Danville City Council members Friday at 1pm.

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Designed to Save Money
4:00 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Passivhaus & Energy Efficiency

The Specht House in Thaxton, VA
Credit www.jetsongreen.com

According to Virginia Dominion Power the average monthly residential electric bill in the state is $119.82 a month. 

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.

But there's a method of home construction that for one homeowner has cut their electric bill by more than half the state average.

“Our typical energy bill is actually as low as $40 to as high as $62 to $65 so far. Our annual energy usage is so much lower than a standard home’s”  

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