Energy

Wind Energy
7:45 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Offshore Wind Turbine Project Faces Challenges

Virginia’s energy-providers would still like to see a large-scale commercial offshore wind turbine project off the state's coast by the year 2020, but getting there is challenging—at best.  Bids to build two pilot turbines are astronomical right now, and the Authority tasked to keep the project's momentum going is looking for ways to significantly lower costs. 

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Homeowner Associations
4:52 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Solar Confusion

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The push to increase rooftop solar energy in Virginia is expanding, but some homeowner associations have prohibited solar panels in their communities. Most HOAs no longer have the power to deny property owners who want to install solar panels.

The law, passed last summer, expanded Virginia’s Energy Policy’s support for rooftop solar, but after some Blacksburg Home Owners Associations denied residents permission to put up the panels, solar advocates asked for clarification on the law.

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Eastern Shore Project Moves Forward
3:21 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Virginia's Solar Farm

Jim Johnson on his farm.

Virginia is juggling a host of contentious alternative energy proposals. An offshore wind farm, hydrofracking in a national forest and a 550-mile gas pipeline that cuts through the state.

But there's one project on the Eastern Shore that has moved along quietly despite being the largest of its kind in the state.

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Environment
8:24 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Students Conduct Fossil Fuel-Focused Sit-In at University of Mary Washington

UMW students line the hallway
Credit Sandy Hausman

Students at the University of Mary Washington will host an old-fashioned teach-in this afternoon, urging others to join a sit-in at the administration building. They want the school, based in Fredericksburg, to sell off any investments in coal as a protest against those who profit from fossil fuels.  

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Ongoing Pipeline Debates
8:27 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Pro-Pipeliners and Pipeline Protesters: Virginians are Pipeline Polarized

Plans for three new natural gas pipelines to run through southwest Virginia have sparked much discussion since they were announced. The companies behind them have held open houses to educate communities. Numerous protest groups have been formed to oppose them, and forums held, to examine arguments on both sides.  The possibility of the pipelines is not only spurring discussion, it’s also reawakening the spirit of protest movements that have come before.

“No to fracking Pipe line, no to fracking period and no to politicians who support either one!"

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