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Statewide environmental news roundup – October 2023

As Chesapeake Bay drainage states and the nation move to fulfill bold commitments to convert to renewable energy in the next few decades, an inconvenient truth has become apparent: It can’t be done without many more transmission lines. Through neighborhoods, along roads and across mountains, the nation’s network of power lines needs to double or triple in the next decade if the clean energy revolution is to succeed, warn the U.S. Department of Energy, scientists, environmental groups and many policymakers.

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Statewide environmental news roundup – September 2023 (Part II)

The State Corporation Commission [SCC] could soon be unable to rule on cases before it for the first time in Virginia history because it has only one judge sitting on the bench.

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Virginia environmental news roundup – September 2023 (Part I)

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Statewide environmental news roundup – August 2023

By a wide margin, Northern Virginia is the No. 1 site for data centers in the country and the world. These highly specialized buildings house the computer servers and routers that make digital interconnectivity possible…. Ashburn, Va., is the epicenter of “Data Center Alley,” anchoring a collection of nearly 300 data centers, scattered across Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William counties, handling more than a third of the world’s online traffic. Many more are in the planning stages or currently under construction.

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Statewide environmental news roundup – July 2023 (Part II)

“A major reform of how Virginia regulates the electricity monopoly Dominion Energy is cutting power bills [effective July 1]. It [ends] three surcharges.… it clears the way for a program to ease the impact of Dominion’s pass-through of fuel costs to ratepayers

When you take a hike, bring a notebook — and other experts’ advice about better understanding the Valley this spring and summer

Don’t just stop to smell the flowers when you’re on your next hike — sketch them. That’s what Nichole Barrows does. (This and other audio stories through the Shenandoah Valley Ever Green project outline advice and expertise about the natural systems at work in the Valley this spring and summer.)

Statewide environmental news roundup – April 2023 (Part I)

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.

Statewide environmental news roundup – March 2023

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.”

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