A solar workgroup is retooling its approach and hopeful that Virginia’s new clean energy law will help overcome obstacles.
A 2016 agreement between Appalachian Power and local municipalities supersedes the state’s new solar law.
HB 167 requires state regulators to consider whether pipeline capacity is needed for reliability before approving projects.
The Virginia Clean Economy Act will force state regulators to factor in indirect costs associated with carbon emissions.
It’s unclear if falling gas prices will make the agreement an easier political sell since unemployment is also surging.