30 Apr '13, 4pm

Renewable Energy Supporting Virginians Are Being Shackled By Dominion Power

Sandwiched between several clean energy-happy states in the mid-Atlantic, Virginia is battling the shackles of overwhelming utility influence. Sixty-nine percent of Virginians support requiring utilities to generate a greater share of electricity from renewable energy. The Virginia legislature enjoys bipartisan support for clean energy and sees it as a path towards economic development — following the lead of neighboring Maryland, D.C., and North Carolina. Unfortunately, these facts are largely moot due to one company: Dominion Power, the state’s largest investor-owned utility. With its immense influence, it calls the shots, and so Virginia is missing the boat. According to a report by the MD-DC-VA Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA),the economic potential for solar in Virginia would yield 10,000 jobs by 2020, totaling 30,000 by 2025 and add another $1.8 billion...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2013/04...

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