Author: Community Perspective
Statewide environmental news roundup – Nov. 2022
The Governor “wants Virginia to be the first state to commercialize [small nuclear reactors, SMRs]”; he wants one located in Southwest Virginia. This technology hasn’t been developed on a large-scale. The Governor said recycling nuclear waste will be a priority. He also said Southwest Virginia could become an “energy epicenter” for the state, the US, and world. An Environment and Energy reporter explained what an SMR is.
Community Perspective: Stop the Hollering, Start the Helping
A contributed perspectives piece by Melissa Weaver
Statewide environmental news roundup – October 2022 (Part II)
Virginia’s Governor issued his Energy Plan. A Southwest Virginia editor noted that the “plan shows the changing politics of energy [with] … the Republican governor of a coal-producing state who is not talking up coal.” A long-time follower of Virginia energy policy and laws expressed skepticism, asking “You call that an energy plan?
Statewide environmental news roundup – October 2022 (Part I)
Amherst County joins other Virginia school systems deploying its first electric school buses. Currently, “Virginia is required to follow California EV standard, [and automobile] dealers … [are preparing] for [an] electric future.” “California ban on gas-powered vehicles [by 2035] highlights EV challenges, including affordability.”
Statewide environmental news roundup – September 2022
The State Corporation Commission (SCC) recently approved Dominion’s offshore wind project, with the caveat that Dominion needs to achieve the projected capacity of 42% of the “stated 2,600 megawatts of output.” There have been a number of articles and opinions about the fact that the SCC’s approval was a foregone conclusion because of the authorizing legislation, about the costs and risks to ratepayers, about data that has remained hidden, and about the benefits the project will bring.
Community Perspective: Being Old
Looking in the mirror, he should have been a young, slim, handsome man. Optimistic about the future and looking forward to another year. Wanting to do new things and hanging out with his buddies. Not a gray-haired old man with a double chin and a slight beer gut.
Community Perspective: How To Say Goodbye
As the needle shape of the economy keeps getting more extreme, traditional graveyard burials have gotten out of reach for most people.
Statewide environmental news roundup – August 2022
The 2021 National Solar Jobs Census showed an overall increase of 9% nationwide, with increases in 47 states. Virginia is not among the top 10 states, but did have job growth in this sector in the 10-15% range.