Clean energy advocates are challenging incumbents in two utility co-op board elections this summer.
After a three-year political struggle over spending authority, state lawmakers approved a plan with little fanfare.
A bill to require state-run buildings to conserve electricity and water has been lodged in a Senate committee for over a year.
North Carolina law allows the utility to hide which candidates benefited from its political spending.
The Virginia Clean Economy Act will force state regulators to factor in indirect costs associated with carbon emissions.