By issuing a pair of vetoes Thursday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam sent a message to the legislature and beyond that he is intent on sticking with an aggressive carbon-cutting agenda.
Property owners in the pipeline’s path are relieved by recent delays that offer hope they might stop the project.
The proposed project is set to provide up to 3.5 megawatts of renewable power to data centers in Wise County.
State regulators said Walmart’s bid to buy its own renewable power would have hurt remaining utility ratepayers.
“Nobody got everything they wanted, but it advanced the cause of rooftop solar and net metering,” an advocate said.