Energy

General Assembly's Commerce & Labor Committee
4:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Rate Freeze Debate

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A state senator is proposing what sounds like a good deal for consumers – an 8-year freeze on rates charged by Virginia’s largest electric company. 

Frank Wagner says he introduced the measure so Dominion Power wouldn’t pass the costs of meeting clean air requirements on to its customers, but Attorney General Mark Herring says the measure might actually deprive consumers of rebates.  Mike Kelly speaks for the attorney general.

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General Assembly
4:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Public Perplexed by Pipeline Bill

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Regulating utilities in Virginia is a complicated job, and making sense of the rules requires expertise that few voters have, so it’s no surprise that citizens hoping to stop Dominion’s Atlantic Pipeline were alarmed by a bill that would change the way gas companies recoup their investment in pipelines.

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Atlantic Coast Project
2:13 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Augusta Expo Attracts Pipeline Backers & Opponents

Dominion wrapped up a dozen public open houses this week – events designed to explain a natural gas pipeline it hopes to build from the fracking fields of West Virginia to markets in Virginia and North Carolina. 

The road to the Augusta Expo Center was lined with lawn signs – some reading Protect Our Water – No Pipeline, and No Pipeline on our Farms and Forests, while other signs promised Safe Energy, Energy Jobs and Energy Independence.  Inside, however, there appeared to be consensus.

"No pipeline!  No pipeline!"

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Common Substance Found in Plants
4:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

VT Researchers Devise System to Clean Japanese Power Plant

Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
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Scientists may have discovered a way to clean up radioactive waste at Japan’s Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant.  A common substance found in plant cell walls may be part of the solution.

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Fighting for Clean Water
7:41 am
Fri December 19, 2014

What To Do With Toxic Coal Ash

Environmentalists are glad to see Dominion Power shutting down coal burning power plants, but they want the utility to do something about the waste left behind when coal is burned.  

At the Chesapeake Energy Center, Dominion has stored tons of coal ash for decades.  Deborah Murray is an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center.

“They have just simply been storing the coal ash for about 60 years now in unlined pits, and the evidence is very clear, and Dominion’s own records show that it’s contaminating the ground water.”

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