South Carolina companies are finding responsible solutions to coal ash reuse and disposal that reduce accident risks, help protect water supplies, create jobs and generate new tax revenues — all while boosting public confidence without raising rates.
Why has it taken so long to regulate coal ash? It’s done state-by-state where, experts agree, local utilities have enormous political clout to fend off regulations. Not so much starting December 19, 2014.
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
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.
For clean energy advocates and members of the public who aspire to see markets for solar energy, energy efficiency and cleaner transportation enabled in Virginia, it remains to be see how thorough this effort by the McAuliffe Administration will be.
Monopoly control of electric service prohibits competition along with the innovation and ratepayer savings that can come with it Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition and others are mounting a serious push for more efficiency and renewable sources of power and the jobs that come with it Draft guidelines for Virginia under Section 111(d) the federal…
Jim Pierobon is Founder and principal writer of The Energy Fix. He is a policy, marketing and social media strategist who has reported on, testified and consulted about smarter grids, cyber-security as it affects the power grid, fossil fuel shortages, price spikes, energy efficiency and the rise and fall -- and the rise again of nuclear and renewable energy sources.