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USDA invests $688,289 to support renewable energy, energy efficiency

The USDA Rural Development office in Virginia announced $688,289 in grants for 11 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects statewide.

Renewable energy in 2016

As we make our way deeper into 2016, all eyes are on the energy industry. Will things turn around for the better this year, after the less-than-stellar showing in 2015?


Governor announces actions to stimulate growth of renewable energy

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced this week that the Commonwealth’s agencies will dramatically increase the use of renewable energy to power the state’s operations.


Governor McAuliffe announces $20 million to improve energy efficiency in Virginia

VirginiaSAVES is a loan program created to lower financing costs for energy efficiency, renewable energy generation and alternative fuel projects.


USDA invests $63 million to support renewable energy, energy efficiency projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week $63 million in loans and grants for 264 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide that USDA is supporting through its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

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Wind energy: Part of the renewable mix

According to an American Wind Energy Association announcement last year the United States has more wind energy supplying its grid than any other country, enough to power 15.5 million American homes.

The solar energy challenge: Saving up sun for a rainy day

In the run-up to a solar eclipse on March 20 of this year, European tabloids had a Y2K-style field day. In the middle of a bright, sunny day, European solar panels together produce about as much electricity as 90 large nuclear power plants.


510nano Incorporated to invest $11 million to relocate headquarters to Greensville County

510nano Incorporated, a developer of renewable energy projects and technologies, will invest $11 million to relocate its headquarters and establish a manufacturing operation in Greensville County.

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Delegate Sam Rasoul’s renewable energy bill goes to governor for signature

Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) said that HB 1297, passed by the Virginia Senate last week, is an important measure to protect the environment and shift the Commonwealth’s long-term energy focus toward renewable energy.

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Rasoul tax cut on renewable energy passed by House

Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)’s HB1297, a measure that would see decreased taxes for businesses utilizing renewable energy, was passed by the House of Delegates this week with broad bipartisan support.


USDA announces funding for renewable energy, energy efficiency projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Tuesday that rural agricultural producers and small business owners can now apply for resources to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements.

Virginia Tech collaboration with Chilean university will address earthquakes, other challenges

Researchers and administrators from Austral University of Chile will visit Virginia Tech this week to finalize plans for joint research projects.

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Robert Hurt: A sensible domestic energy policy will make life easier for Virginia families

As I travel across the Fifth District, I consistently hear about the numerous negative impacts high fuel costs create. High gas prices hurt families trying to pay their bills, making it more expensive to fill their tanks and increasing the price of groceries and other goods.

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Del. Sam Rasoul releases first bill for 2015 session: Tax break on renewable energy

Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) has introduced legislation that would see decreased taxes for businesses utilizing renewable energy.

Earth Talk: Sweden’s environmental leadership

It’s true that Sweden came out on top in the recently released ranking of 60 countries according to sustainability by consulting firm Dual Citizen Inc. in its fourth annual Global Green Economy Index (GGEI).


League of Conservation Voters expresses concern over Dominion pipeline

Today, Governor McAuliffe announced his support for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a collaborative project between ­Dominion Power, AGL Resources, Duke Energy, and Piedmont Natural Resources to build a natural gas pipeline that will fully bisect our Commonwealth.

Ken Plum: Climate change is here

“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,” according to a report, Climate Change Impacts in the United States, that was released this year and that includes the findings of 300 experts affiliated with the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee.

Earth Talk: Weaning ourselves off oil, coal

We can eliminate our addiction to oil and coal by 2050 and use one-third less natural gas while switching to efficient use and renewable supply.

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McAuliffe signs executive order to create Virginia Energy Council

Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order #16 today establishing the Virginia Energy Council, which will assist in the development and implementation of a cohesive, comprehensive, and aggressive energy strategy for Virginia.

Amanda Starbuck: New federal pollution standards

We welcome the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to limit carbon pollution from power plants.


Virginia agricultural sales up, farm numbers down, census finds

The sale of agricultural products, both nationally and in Virginia, reached a record high in 2012, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture.

Solar company offers free Rural Energy for America Program workshops

A local solar company will offer two free workshops in May to help businesses understand eligibility requirements and how to complete the application process.

Earth Talk: Apple Computer’s Green Initiatives

Long criticized for its lack of commitment to sustainability, Apple has really worked on turning things around over the past couple of years.

Earth Talk: The bright future of wind power

Hydroelectric sources of power dwarf other forms of renewable energy, but wind power has been a dominant second for years, and continues to show “hockey stick” growth moving forward.

Roger Freeman: Renewable energy standards

For the first time, a United States president has announced that tackling climate change is a national priority. Yet, Congress shows no signs of passing meaningful legislation – for now, it’s up to states and localities to turn this declaration into action.

Grant Smith: Renewable Energy – Why Fossil Fuel and Nuclear Interests Are Trashing It

The makeup of the electric grid of the future is at stake as the fossil fuel industry continues to falsely lessen the impact of renewable energy.

Earth Talk: Making renewable energies competitive

Given the importance of abundant amounts of energy for Americans, the federal government tends to subsidize all forms of energy development, including fossil fuels and renewables. A recently released report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that in 2011 the federal government spent $16 billion of our tax dollars in subsidies for the development of renewable energy and increased energy efficiency, and only $2.5 billion in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry in the form of tax breaks

McDonnell signs clean-energy legislation

Gov. Bob McDonnell signed eight pieces of new legislation today at a ceremony at the VCU School of Business to promote the clean and renewable energy industry in Virginia and to spur development of new pilot projects and technologies that will promote reliable and affordable energy for Virginia’s families, businesses and industry. The legislation will […]

DEQ approves first renewable-energy reg

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has approved the state’s first permit regulation for renewable energy projects, following legislation from the 2009 General Assembly that transferred permitting authority for such projects from the State Corporation Commission to DEQ. The permit regulation, known as a “permit by rule,” seeks to balance two statutory goals: to streamline […]

Kathleen Rogers: Ending our oil addiction

Column by Kathleen Rogers Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net   When President Obama spoke to the nation about the Gulf Coast oil spill, he gave us needed straight talk for holding BP accountable and helping those affected by the spill. But, when it came down to talking about clean energy, he disappointed. This was his moment […]

Renewable energy: McDonnell’s secret jobs program?

    Column by Al Weed Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net Virginia guarantees its utilities a “fair and reasonable” profit and for that we should require clean energy production that creates jobs and helps clean up the Bay. Twenty-eight other states already have such requirements. Virginia today has a very modest request of its investor-owned utilities: […]

Kimberly Lewis | Energy leadership that works

Colorado is considered to be one of America’s great renewable energy success stories. The State ranks fourth in the nation in solar production and has 6 percent of the United States wind market. However, Colorado would not have been able to take advantage of these resources without the support of its utilities.

McAuliffe unveils part one of Business Plan

I like people who think in terms of business plans. So I’m beginning to like Terry McAuliffe. “I’m taking the same approach to figuring out how to get our economy going again that I’ve taken with businesses I’ve started or turned around. I’m starting with a Business Plan for Virginia,” said McAuliffe, a candidate for […]

Al Weed | Does renewable energy in Virginia have to gouge the public?

Virginians want immediate government action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A recent survey by the Miller Center at the University of Virginia found that 55 percent of Virginians who see carbon emissions as a manmade problem, “strongly support” requiring electric utilities toproduce sizable amounts of renewable power. This would be power from sustainable sources such […]