Offshore wind

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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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.

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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…

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In preparing for public hearings dedicated this spring to public comments about the Integrated Resource Plan for Dominion Virginia Power, the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond recently received a unique notice. Teachers at the Mortimer Y. Sutherland Middle School in Charlottesville, VA advised the commission that 10 sixth graders were signing up to testify….

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg used the 2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit near Washington, DC to prod the oil and gas industry to stop resisting efforts to forge “sensible” regulations. “We need sound regulation and we need it soon,” he said. While he’s been on the bandwagon for enabling responsible hydraulic fracturing for natural…

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“Petty political grudges” in Maryland’s Senate Finance Committee are to blame for the failure of the General Assembly to establish the mechanism to incent and pay for one of the first networks of offshore wind turbines anywhere off a U.S. coastline. That’s the way Chesapeake Climate Action Network Executive Director Mike Tidwell put it in…

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Offshore wind has two strikes against it in New Jersey and Delaware. Cape Wind off Massachusetts’ Nantucket Sound is fighting to stay alive in extra innings. Now Maryland is trying to get ‘on base’ with a second bid by Governor Martin O’Malley which is halfway toward approval (at this writing) by the state’s General Assembly….

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Following a path carved by the solar industry, developers of offshore wind energy projects along the Mid-Atlantic U.S. coast are closing in on one model to finance the multi-billion dollar systems they aspire to build. The developers envision a process that will earn one renewable energy credit for every 1,000 kilowatt hours (or 1 megawatt…

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In the press release announcing its planned $7.9 billion acquisition of Baltimore, Maryland-based Constellation Energy, Chicago-based Exelon promised to spend $64 million over several years to spur energy efficiency, electric vehicle and renewable energy initiatives in Maryland. When pressed for details this week about one of the largest U.S. utility mergers ever, however, company spokesman…

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Who is gaining the upper hand in the race to become the go-to locus of wind turbine manufacturing and assembly along the mid-Atlantic coastline? New Jersey and Virginia are moving quickly to seize the increasingly likely economic development bonanza that the mid-Atlantic offshore wind energy market is becoming. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities…

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