Net metering is voluntary in South Carolina, Idaho and Texas. There is no net metering in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and South Dakota.

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There is another dynamic in play which does not necesssarily show up as clearly in states where solar makes a lot more sense economically: the desire to be part of a like-minded community and share the learning experience of buying into a much-talked about technology that can scale to help reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Don’t discount the bragging rights from one’s rooftop.

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This graphic projects coal plant closures in all 50 U.S. states. Guess which stand to lose 10 or more plants? Go to CountOnCoal.org for details.A few examples: Iowa, Indiana, Ohio:  15 each Kentucky, Pennsylvania:  13 each Illinois, Minnesota, Virginia:  12 each Colorado, Missouri: 11 each North Carolina: 10  

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Pressure from customers and other stakeholders is boosting utility commitments to programs and tools designed to save energy and enable markets for renewable sources of electricity, so says a report by Ceres, a sustainability-focused non-profit and Clean Edge, a research consultancy. But it depends on where you live. In some states – you can probably…

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In less than 60 days, Dominion Virginia Power was able to file for and receive a rate increase boosting residential bills 4.1%.

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Among the recommendations: ensure that all benefits, and not just the costs, of efficiency programs are accounted for.

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Virginia has steered clear of clean energy policies that are creating jobs and businesses in dozens of states. Perhaps the biggest reason is that the state’s energy policy – and the only market for electricity – is run by investor-owned Dominion Virginia Power which serves 70% of the state’s electricity load. Curiously, that’s not the case for natural gas, where households and businesses can shop prices and supply contracts offered by several for suppliers.

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Virginia has steered clear of clean energy policies that are creating jobs and businesses in dozens of states. Perhaps the biggest reason is that the state’s energy policy – and the only market for electricity – is run by investor-owned Dominion Virginia Power which serves 70% of the state’s electricity load.

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The revived Virginia climate commission can make all recommendations it wants. If stakeholders who agree with them don’t persuade their lawmakers to act, don’t expect any substantive progress in protecting Virginia from hurricanes.

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Look for assessments of how Virginia deals with EPA’s new carbon rule and the potential for growing cleaner and safer energy economy.

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