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New Va. AG pulls out of Supreme Court climate case

By Lesley Clark Photo: Steve Helber , AP Photo

Virginia has dropped out of a coalition of states urging the Supreme Court to find that EPA has broad authority to regulate power plant emissions.
Attorney General Jason Miyares (R), who took office over the weekend after Republicans swept the state in November, tweeted last night that he was “proud to announce Virginia is no longer participating in West Virginia v EPA.”

The tweet signaled Miyares’ rejection of his predecessor’s challenge to a lawsuit launched by coal companies and Republican-led states asking the high court to curb EPA’s authority. The Supreme Court last fall made the extraordinary move to take up the case, which focuses on a regulation that does not

01/20/22
                                                               

Why RGGI is a Good Deal for Virginians

By Mandy Warner

With unprecedented droughts, wildfires, floods and heat waves impacting communities nationwide, it’s clear that climate change is not a threat in some distant future – we’re dealing with its ramifications today. Virginians know this well, having experienced eight different billion-dollar disaster events (three tropical cyclones, four severe storms, and one winter storm) in 2021 alone. Consequently, it’s imperative that we act immediately to address the climate crisis. Virginia took a major step toward doing just that by linking to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in 2021 – a step Governor Youngkin has, alarmingly, indicated he wants to reverse.

01/19/22
                                                               

Virginia okays Dominion’s plan to deploy 1.1M smart meters

By Jason Plautz Photo: Mark Florence , Flickr

The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) on Friday approved Dominion Energy’s proposal to deploy roughly 1.1 million smart meters as part of a $776 million grid transformation plan. The plan also includes investments in security, customer education and telecommunications.

01/11/22
                                                               

Groups urge bigger targets, more equity as RGGI states consider changes

By Lisa Prevost

As the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, known as RGGI, undergoes a thorough review by participating states, environmental advocates are demanding more ambitious emission reduction targets and a mandate for equitable distribution of the revenues.

12/21/21
                                                               

Climate change could make Virginia’s Tangier Island uninhabitable by 2051

By Trishla Ostwal Photo: Patrick Bloodgood , USACE

Virginia’s Tangier Island is rapidly disappearing. Rising sea levels are exacerbating erosion and flooding, and could make the speck of land in the Chesapeake Bay uninhabitable within the next few decades. For years, island residents, policy makers and others have debated whether to attempt to save the island or relocate its small community elsewhere. But time to decide is running out, says David Schulte, a marine biologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

12/06/21
                                                               

Climate change could make Virginia’s Tangier Island uninhabitable by 2051

By Trishla Ostwal Photo: Patrick Bloodgood , USACE

Virginia’s Tangier Island is rapidly disappearing. Rising sea levels are exacerbating erosion and flooding, and could make the speck of land in the Chesapeake Bay uninhabitable within the next few decades. For years, island residents, policy makers and others have debated whether to attempt to save the island or relocate its small community elsewhere.

12/06/21
                                                               

‘Bloody expensive.’ Major U.S. offshore wind plan hits obstacles

By Heather Richards Photo: Francis Chung/E&E News

Nearly 30 miles from shore, the two turbines spin deceptively slowly, alien steel giants fixed to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. But the lonely pair are just a hint of what Dominion Energy plans here: an offshore wind farm covering an area the size of 85,000 football fields. The utility’s 180-turbine Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project would be the largest in the country. Its towers, too, would be some of the tallest on the market. From the water surface to the tip of a wind blade at its zenith, they would stand 800 feet tall — 200 feet taller than the two pilot project turbines spinning now.

10/20/21
                                                               

City of Richmond to receive grants addressing flooding issues

By NBC12 Newsroom

The city of Richmond is getting more than $1 million dollars in grants addressing flooding concerns.
The money will go toward the McGuire and Chapel Drive Drainage improvements project, as well as the Manchester and Shockoe Bottom neighborhoods. These grants were the first to be awarded through the Virginia Community Flood Preparedness Fund. The governor and General Assembly established the fund in 2020 to help communities deal with the impacts of climate change, including floods.

10/06/21
                                                               

Virginia awards $7.8M in local grants for flood preparedness

By Tyler Arnold

Virginia awarded about $7.8 million in state grants for 19 local projects designed to address flooding, sea-level rise and extreme weather, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday. Funding for the Virginia Community Flood Preparedness Fund grants is provided through the sale of carbon emission allowances, which began when the state joined the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in January.

10/05/21
                                                               

Landmark EJ ruling sparks legislative reckoning in Va.

By Niina H. Farah Photo: Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch

More than a year after a watershed federal court ruling, Virginia is becoming a case study of whether environmental justice protections can get enshrined into law, or be stymied by legislative and regulatory fights.

10/04/21