Energy

Virginians Critical of Wood-Burning Energy

Apr 6, 2016
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This week, a delegation from England is touring Virginia and North Carolina, learning more about wood from area forests being used to fuel power plants in the UK.  The European Union considers wood to be a sustainable energy source and gives countries credit for using it instead of coal, but critics here in Virginia say that’s a big mistake.  

The quest for clean, sustainable energy has scientists testing new ways to produce it.  One approach is to look for savings in energy that’s currently being wasted.  Researchers at Virginia Tech have come up with a new way to literally transform some of that waste  into electricity.                               

 

The President’s Clean Power Plan put on hold by the Supreme Court is something many in Virginia have supported.  It directed states to craft their own plans to combat global warming under EPA guidelines. Some say, ‘plan or no plan,’ the move to cut greenhouse gas emissions already underway will continue regardless.

New requirements to meet future, clean energy goals are raising new questions about what it will take to achieve them. Robbie Harris has this report on how that’s expanding the debate over natural gas pipelines proposed for Virginia.

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Lawmakers in Richmond are reviewing a bill that would help Virginians cut their energy costs, but critics say it could make power more expensive for customers.

Susan Hill works with people who have drafty homes and high utility bills.

She's in charge of the Richmond Region Energy Alliance, a nonprofit that helps families figure out how to reduce their monthly utility bill.

While the end result is savings, it does require some money down.  

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