A facility that stores renewable energy is coming to Chesapeake — but its development has raised concern among elected officials and residents about what say the city has in the matter. It will be the first of its kind in the city and will help provide emission-free renewable energy to the electrical grid as part of Virginia’s clean energy initiative.
Much has happened during this Earth Day Month. Let’s start with updates on some 2023 General Assembly (GA) bills signed and/or amended by the Governor.
Governor Youngkin signed several energy bills—focused on nuclear, methane, gas, and coal—announcing on March 23 his delivery “ on his All-American All-Of-The-Above Energy Plan Priorities”. Not everyone agrees with the plan or the priorities. The governor remains committed to his “quest to put [the] nation’s first commercial small modular nuclear reactor in Southwest Virginia.”
This is a special edition of a regular series of contributed news roundups about statewide environmental and energy news. This piece highlights, with links to further coverage in various media outlets, some of the energy, transportation, and utility bills introduced during the recently-ended 2023 General Assembly (GA) session. Not all-inclusive, the bills noted include actions by area legislators (Delegates Avoli, Runion, Wilt; State Senators Hanger, Obenshain).
A contributed perspectives piece by Melissa Weaver
A contributed perspectives piece by Deborah Figliola
A number of teachers are challenging the Harrisonburg Public Schools’ disturbing policy that dictates how teachers must approach students struggling with their gender, and I am one of them.
A contributed perspectives piece by Matt Phillippi
February is a month filled with important dates in Scouting.
A contributed perspectives piece by Glenn Logan Reitze
A curious and maybe even wonderful ritual occurs annually in thousands of high schools in the early weeks of the calendar year, usually from about mid-February to mid-March. It’s called The Musical, and for thousands of young people who feel even slightly warmed by a burning desire to be seen and perform, it is the time to try their wings and soar.