Virginia

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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