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Virginia hearing examiner says renewable energy PPAs are legal, but will...

by Ivy Main, cross posted from Power for the People VA A third-party PPA made it possible to build this solar facility at the University...

The “Fuel” That’s Helping America Fight Climate Change Is NOT Natural...

by Ivy Main, cross posted from Power for the People VA You’ve heard the good news on climate: after a century or more of continuous...

Basic change in utility business and regulation is inevitable: Advanced energy...

Cross posted from Power for the People VA Photo credit: Sierra Club Occasionally I ask other people to write for this blog, not merely because I...

Southeastern Electric Utilities Like Dominion Find Their Way to Higher Profits...

by Ivy Main, cross-posted from the Power for the People VA blog Charlie Strickler of Harrisonburg, Virginia, was one of a dozen activists who fasted...

Complaint: utilities’ role in Atlantic Coast Pipeline violates antitrust laws

By Ivy Main; cross posted from Power for the People VA Dominion Resources’ plan to use the captive ratepayers of its electricity subsidiary to guarantee...

Battles over climate and coal go unresolved, but Virginians still paying...

by Ivy Main; cross posted from Power for the People VA Students rally for climate action in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo courtesy of Sierra Club. Virginia’s 2016...

Why does Dominion Power support EPA’s Clean Power Plan?

by Ivy Main; cross posted from Power for the People VA When utility giant Dominion Resources Inc. filed a brief in support of the federal...

Dominion Virginia Power Proves the Sierra Club Right

Dominion Virginia Power CEO Paul Koonce has an op-ed in today's Washington Post responding to a recent evisceration of Dominion by Virginia Sierra Club Vice Chair Ivy Main. She'd made three key charges:
  1. Dominion is using pre-existing hydro power or biomass projects of dubious environmental value for renewable energy credits
  2. Dominion is not building large-scale solar and wind projects in Virginia to deliver that energy to Virginia customers
  3. Dominion is insanely planning to slap a massive fee on customers who install their own solar power
Koonce's response?
Our renewable generation includes one of the largest biomass plants in the East, taking advantage of one of Virginia's richest renewable resources. Four more biomass projects are in various stages of construction or development. We operate several hydroelectric facilities and have announced plans for solar arrays on commercial and public buildings. Other Dominion companies operate large wind farms in Indiana and West Virginia.
That's Koonce's big rebuttal? That Dominion DOES rely heavily on existing hydro & questionable biomass, ISN'T currently building solar or wind in Virginia ... oh, and the massive fees on renewable energy? The CEO of Dominion, which earned $1 billion in profit in the first 9 months of 2011 alone, calls them "simple matter of fairness."

He might as well have written, "The 1% don't have to explain themselves to people like you."