A new book by a retired University of Virginia professor spotlights the ways she says state lawmakers and regulators – and in turn, the citizens they represent – are placed at a disadvantage when dealing with energy companies in the Southeast.
It is the reality of the world in which we live — Republicans and Democrats in the North Carolina General Assembly are often divided on complex social and economic issues. However, over 80 percent of legislation, including energy-related bills, are passed with strong bipartisan support. True, there have been some contentious debates over the right path to expanding the renewable energy economy in North Carolina, but earlier this summer it appeared as though we had turned a corner in building consensus on prioritizing renewable energy as an economic driver in our state. The North Carolina House voted 108-11 to pass an energy bill that had been hammered out over the course of a year. Before the vote, more than 30 meetings were held with a diverse set of energy stakeholders that included utilities, the renewable energy industry, environmental groups and customer advocates. These groups don’t often collaborate.
A report released this morning by a public accountability non-profit details the interlocking relationships, campaign donations and potential conflicts of interest that Dominion Resources is deploying to secure approval of its Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Opponents contesting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s proposed route through Virginia are rolling out fresh arguments against the controversial projects which are becoming flashpoints dividing Democratic candidates running for governor there.
A bill in the North Carolina legislature backed by Duke Energy could slow the state’s solar boom to a crawl, advocates warn.
Virginia state Sen. J. “Chap” Petersen is challenging Dominion Virginia Power over the outsized influence he says it has with policymakers and a controversial provision of a law that became effective in 2015.
Ivy Main has long helped Virginians make sense of the how energy policy is made during its annual legislative sessions, including the current General Assembly – which concludes this weekend – and the resulting regulations that flow from them.
Conservatives for Clean Energy, a Raleigh based non-profit, recently expanded into Virginia where it will continue its efforts to “educate the public on the benefits of clean and renewable energy sources.”
When Democrat Roy Cooper is inaugurated as North Carolina’s next governor on Jan. 1, it will likely mean a major shakeup in agencies that regulate the state’s energy industry.
Former four-term South Carolina Congressman Gresham Barrett is joining with Sunrun to launch the Palmetto Conservative Solar Coalition.