In a letter, five tech companies tell state regulators that Dominion isn’t meeting the sector’s need for renewables.
A letter to Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration asks for more flexibility for companies seeking to buy from alternative suppliers.
“To stay viable, the city realized it had to be innovative,” said one booster behind Benham, Kentucky’s solar push.
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.