Negotiating Solar

Sep 21, 2015

Supporters of solar power are gearing up for another fight with one of Virginia’s big electric utilities – hoping to block a proposed program that could make solar more expensive. 

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The coal counties of Appalachia have seen their share of the boom and bust cycle, but industry officials fear this time could be different. 

The comment period for new rules protecting waterways near coal mining is being extended after industry officials asked for more time to digest them, but to many, it looks like the handwriting is on the wall for the future of the coal industry.  Harry Childress is the son of a coal miner, now President of Virginia’s coal and energy alliance.  He worries the proposed new rules would make this time more than just a cyclical down trend.

It’s been 20 years since Virginia started subsidizing coal companies with tax credits that have cost the state more than $500 million.  As lawmakers review the governor’s budget for the next two years, some experts say it might finally be time to stop propping up King Coal in Virginia. 

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Wind farms are now common in some western and Midwestern states, and that form of energy is actually cheaper than power produced with coal. Virginia could see its first wind farm on a ridge near Roanoke, but area residents and environmentalists are raising red flags over plans to install 25 turbines.

Hands Across Our Land Focuses on Property Rights

Aug 17, 2015

Grassroots groups in eight states will conduct coordinated demonstrations against fossil fuel development they say is a threat to rural America.  Actions are planned tomorrow, (Tuesday, 8/19)  in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia and more.