November 18, 2015

Solar energy heating up in Virginia?

Please excuse the pun, but yesterday's full page ad by Dominion Energy in the Daily Press had me smiling. It seems that 900 acres on Virginia's Eastern Shore will be transformed into a mega solar energy farm in the coming months, the largest solar energy facility in Virginia so far. An 80-megawatt facility to power Amazon Web Services data centers in Northern Virginia! And expected to enter service by fall of 2016? This is indeed good news.

November 5, 2015

Clean Power Plan defended

Virginia, through the efforts of Attorney General Mark Herring, is defending the Clean Power Plan.

The plan requires states to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants by 32 percent during the next 15 years, compared to 2005 levels, and gives states flexibility in achieving those reductions. Virginia already has reduced carbon pollution from the power sector by 16 percent since 2008.

Fittingly, the American Lung Association in Virginia supported the move, saying the Clean Power Plan, when fully implemented, will save up to 6,600 premature deaths nationwide each year and up to 150,000 asthma attacks.

Thank you, Mark.