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McAuliffe Touts Gas and Nuclear for Virginia, Says Risk Assessment Is Above His Paygrade

By Ivy Main, Power for the People VA

A forum on climate change held last Wednesday in Richmond was supposed to be about moving to clean energy, but it sometimes seemed to be more of a platform for Governor Terry McAuliffe to tout plans for more natural gas and nuclear energy in the Commonwealth. It wasn’t that he neglected energy efficiency, wind and solar—he had plenty of good things to say about these, and even a few initiatives to boast of. It was just that they paled against the backdrop of massive new natural gas and nuclear projects, to which he seems even more firmly committed.

The event was a conference called “The Next Frontier of Climate Change,” organized by The New Republic magazine and the College of William and Mary. Moderator Jeffrey Ball of Stanford University shaped the conference as a series of interviews, beginning with Governor McAuliffe. You can see video of the interview here. Continue reading McAuliffe Touts Gas and Nuclear for Virginia, Says Risk Assessment Is Above His Paygrade

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McAuliffe Defends Signing Dominion Bill

Photo by Stephen M. Katz, Virginia Pilot
Photo by Stephen M. Katz, Virginia Pilot

By Patrick Wilson, Virginian Pilot

Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday defended his signing of a bill that put a timeout on the state’s ability to adjust Dominion Virginia Power’s electric rates if the company earns too much profit.

McAuliffe on Tuesday signed SB1349, which freezes base electric rates but also stops the State Corporation Commission from conducting two-year reviews of those rates to determine whether they brought Dominion, a monopoly, too much in profit. Continue reading McAuliffe Defends Signing Dominion Bill

Dominion Gets What It Wants; Virginia Doesn’t Get What It Needs

dominionlogoBy Ivy Main, Blue Virginia

No, you can’t always get what you want.
You can’t always get what you want.
You can’t always get what you want.
But if you try sometime you find,
You get what Dominion Power wants.

–With apologies to the Rolling Stones

I guess there’s a reason I never made it as a songwriter. That last line is a disaster. But that, in a nutshell, is what happened to SB 1349, known as the rate-freeze bill, the ratepayer rip-off, or the Dominion bill, depending on whether you were pro, con, or still trying to figure it out.

The bill began and ended as a way for Dominion Virginia Power to shield excess profits from the possibility of regulators ordering refunds to customers. Along the way, Appalachian Power jumped on board, even though its president had already admitted the company had been earning more than it should. Continue reading Dominion Gets What It Wants; Virginia Doesn’t Get What It Needs