“Sierra Club congratulates Dominion on its offshore wind winning bid today,” said Glen Besa, Director of the Sierra Club in Virginia. “As Virginia’s largest emitter of climate change causing carbon pollution, Dominion needs to be pursuing clean energy alternatives.” Dominion-Virginia Power’s current plans to meet future electricity demand would result in a 50% increase in [...]
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With bidding scheduled to begin at 10:30 AM this morning on the 112,700 acre Wind Energy Area 23 miles off the Virginia coast, the Sierra Club expressed support for development of offshore wind as a means of reducing the carbon pollution from fossil fuel power plants that contributes to climate change. “Offshore wind along the [...]
The US EPA posted its second year of greenhouse gas emissions data for the nation today [Feb. 5, 2013] showing Dominion to be the biggest carbon polluter in Virginia. The data shows that the top 3 carbon pollution sources in Virginia are all Dominion power plants: Chesterfield Power Station, Clover Power Station and Chesapeake Energy [...]
Demand that the SCC approve a value for solar power that forges our path to clean energy!
2012 was a big year for Atlantic offshore wind and 2013 promises to be an even bigger year for its development off the coast of Virginia. In 2012, our Virginia WEA (wind energy area) – a 112,799 acre area 23 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach – was identified and cleared for development by [...]
Thanks to you and Delegate David Toscano, Virginia recently took a small but significant step towards realizing its clean energy future. First, Delegate Toscano championed legislation that allowed Dominion Virginia Power to propose to the State Corporation Commission (SCC) a 30 megawatt pilot solar project. Then activists like you petitioned the SCC to approve this [...]
Today, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced competitive lease sales for renewable energy development in two wind energy areas (WEAs) to include federal waters off Virginia’s coast. Sierra Club Virginia Chapter Director Glen Besa offers the following statement in response: [Richmond, Virginia] – The federal government has taken this important step towards allowing offshore [...]
Update: More than 85,000 comments were submitted nationally in opposition to the project. Click here to read our press release. Thank you and stayed tuned! Want to find a way to skirt necessary environmental safeguards so you can mine more coal? Coal you don’t own? Coal companies are trying to disguise a coal-mining operation as [...]
On behalf of thousands of Virginians who opposed plans for what would have been one of the state’s biggest polluting power plants, the Wise Energy for Virginia Coalition today rejoiced at news that Old Dominion Electric Cooperative is suspending plans for its proposed coal plant in Hampton Roads. Coalition member groups said they hope to [...]
My name is Vicky Hurley. I’m a Virginian proud to be a part of America’s booming wind industry, now supplying almost 4% of the nation’s electric supply. At our facility in Salem VA, we make control systems for GE Energy’s wind turbines. It’s a good paying union job with a decent wage and benefits but [...]