Tag Archives: Dominion

Offshore Wind Projects to Get Test Near Virginia Beach

windturbineBy Jacob Geiger, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Two massive wind turbines will be built in the Atlantic Ocean about 24 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Tuesday that it has issued the lease to Virginia — the first state to sign a lease with the federal agency. Continue reading Offshore Wind Projects to Get Test Near Virginia Beach

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Ruling Could Mean Delays for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponent at FERC scoping meeting on M<arch 18, 2015/Photo via Friends of Nelson
A Buckingham resident objects to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline encroaching on local property/Photo via Friends of Nelson

By Duncan Adams, Roanoke Times

If nothing else, a ruling Tuesday by a judge in Suffolk Circuit Court delays Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s campaign to gain access to about 50 acres of private property in the city without the owner’s permission to survey for a possible route for a portion of the interstate natural gas pipeline.

Judge Carl Eason found that Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s notice to Davis Boulevard LLC, a residential developer, of the pipeline company’s intent to survey the property without permission was flawed because the notification came from Dominion Transmission Inc. — one of the partners for the proposed pipeline — and not Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Jim Norvelle, a spokesman for Dominion and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, said the ruling is largely a technical matter and will not impact the project schedule. New letters will be sent from Atlantic Coast Pipeline, he said.

Even though the ruling focuses on a single case in Suffolk, a lawyer from the Norfolk firm of Waldo and Lyle who represented Davis Boulevard LLC and its managing partner believes Eason’s decision could have broader implications and consequences for the project. Continue reading Ruling Could Mean Delays for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Dominion Fined for Delayed Emissions Reporting at Cove Point LNG

A prop illustrates all the pollutants that will be emitted by the Cove Point power station.
A prop illustrates all the pollutants that will be emitted by the Cove Point power station.
Agrees to $365,000 settlement with EPA

By Sarah Fleischman, Calvert Recorder

Dominion Cove Point has agreed to pay a settlement of $365,000 for the lack of timely reporting of ammonia emissions that occurred between December 2012 and February 2013.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cited Dominion for failing to report 27 separate releases of more than 100 pounds of ammonia from its natural gas turbines while generating the site’s electricity, according to an EPA statement distributed Tuesday. Continue reading Dominion Fined for Delayed Emissions Reporting at Cove Point LNG

Rubber Stamper FERC, Dominion Shills Come to Nelson County

By pontoon, Blue Virginia

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Environmental Impact Study scoping meeting was held Wednesday night in Nelson before a standing-room-only crowd in the 600-seat auditorium at Nelson County High School. FERC had “invited” several state police officers to maintain order. We welcomed them and told them we promised to behave. Continue reading Rubber Stamper FERC, Dominion Shills Come to Nelson County

State Agency Denies Dominion’s Request to Skip More Financial Scrutiny

dominionlogoBy Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post

State regulators on Friday denied a new request from Dominion Virginia Power to keep some financial information secret during an upcoming public review.

Dominion’s request came just weeks after the General Assembly took away the State Corporation Commission’s authority to order customer rate cuts or refunds through 2022. Continue reading State Agency Denies Dominion’s Request to Skip More Financial Scrutiny

Dominion’s Promises Vanish Into Thin Air

dominionlogoBy The Virginian Pilot

Three days.

That’s how long it took Dominion Virginia Power to abandon its pledge of transparency for a law that eliminated state regulation of its base electricity rates until 2020.

Republican and Democratic supporters of SB1349, sponsored by Virginia Beach’s Sen. Frank Wagner, touted the measure as a way to lock in current base rates and protect Dominion’s customers from paying more because of federal environmental regulations.

In exchange, the utility agreed to absorb any losses, let this year’s review of base rates proceed, boost its use of renewable energy sources and permit state regulators to inspect its financials. Continue reading Dominion’s Promises Vanish Into Thin Air

No Comment from Wintergreen on Pipeline Route 

One possible alternate route would now turn south halfway between Stuarts Draft and Lyndhurst, running down past Wintergreen Resort.

By Calvin Trice, News Leader

WINTERGREEN – Wintergreen Resort officials are withholding public judgment on the route being studied for a natural gas pipeline that would take construction near their attractions.

The recreation company has no comment this early in the planning stages for the alternative study corridor Dominion has mapped as part of its planned, 550-mile transmission line, said Betsy Dunkerton, Wintergreen spokeswoman. Continue reading No Comment from Wintergreen on Pipeline Route