As solar prices become competitive with fossil fuels, member-owned electric cooperatives are beginning to embrace renewables.
Virginia’s energy future is largely in the hands of a 116-year-old board originally formed to regulate railroads. Can it overcome a steep institutional learning curve on advanced energy? Virginia lawmakers are expected to fill an open seat this month on a state board that could determine whether the state becomes a regional leader on renewable energy, energy efficiency and grid modernization. “The State Corporation Commission is where the rubber meets the road,” says Cale Jaffe, director of the Environmental and Regulatory Law Clinic at the University of Virginia. Government agencies and the Legislature can lay out rules for pollution control and energy generation, but it’s the commission that has the power to say ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ to related proposals by utilities.
The first director of Virginia Advanced Energy Economy shares his perspective on how new legislation will change the energy landscape in the commonwealth.
Virginia has been slow to dip its toe into offshore wind energy, but advocates predict the industry is primed for a growth spurt over the next decade.
As Massachusetts, Rhode Island and other Northeast states seek to rapidly escalate offshore wind, it’s causing a ripple effect for logistics companies that are more accustomed to serving the oil and gas industry.