Summer travel can be expensive, but a Richmond man is doing his part to keep costs down – offering a unique place for visitors to sleep.
Andrew Cauthen is a professional musician and a minimalist. He lives modestly in a working class neighborhood called Barton Heights. Last spring, he had an idea – to build a tiny guest house out back – just a room, really, with a sleeping loft. The job was completed quickly.
Environmentalists are calling on the federal government to investigate the language used by Virginia’s largest utility - Dominion Power.
The company invites customers to support green power by paying an extra fee, but critics say one source of energy included in that program causes more air pollution than coal.
Dominion’s Pittsylvania Power Station is the largest biomass plant in the East - burning 150 truckloads of wood each day. The company has a smaller plant in Wise County and has switched three others from burning coal to biomass. Dan Genest speaks for Dominion.
Fracking has produced a glut of oil and gas in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Energy companies are desperate to get those products to market, and utilities are anxious to make the switch from coal to clean-burning gas.
There is, however, something standing in the way – people who want nothing to do with pipelines in their communities. In Nelson County, three groups have already formed to fight a pipeline that would also pass through Buckingham, Dinwiddie and Brunswick counties en route to North Carolina.
For some parts of the state, this week brought a respite from the heat, but temperatures have still reached into the 80’s, and people aren’t the only ones suffering. The city of Richmond has issued a call for help.
Richmond’s Department of Public Works says young trees are in jeopardy because of hot, dry weather. Occasional thunderstorms have not done enough to keep roots watered, so the city is asking residents to help out by refilling gator bags.
When it comes to offshore wind energy development, some environmental organizations say Virginia leaders are on the right track, but they need to greatly pick up the pace. An alliance that includes Environment Virginia and the Virginia Conservation Network says other East Coast states are eyeing wind-turbine dominance. The groups say the slow-moving Commonwealth could lose out on many of the benefits associated with its development.