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State lawmakers will vote soon on a bill that would allow Dominion Virginia Power to play accounting games that protect their bottom line.
Senate Bill 459 and the House Companion HB1059 will allow Dominion to write off the majority of $570 million dollars spent between 2007 and 2013 studying the feasibility of a third nuclear reactor at the North Anna station in Louisa County. Without this legislation, Dominion wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to recoup those costs until it begins to actually build the new reactor.
What is the effect on every Dominion customer paying their utility bills in Virginia? This legislation will keep electricity rates higher than they ought to be, because ratepayers are now subsidizing research on a new nuclear reactor that will probably never even be constructed. North Anna 3 would sit on the same site where North Anna 1 and 2 were shut down by the earthquake in nearby Mineral, Virginia in August 2011– just thirteen miles from the epicenter!
Fracking in Virginia?
Senator Richard Stuart has introduced Senate Bill 48 to ensure that appropriate environmental reviews and regulatory oversight are in place to protect Virginia communities and the Chesapeake Bay from the negative impacts of hydraulic fracking.
While our preference is that no new oil or gas wells be drilled in Virginia, this legislation will start a new regulatory process that can examine all aspects of drilling in the sensitive and vulnerable coastal plain region.
Please take action by writing your House delegate to say that a yes vote on Senate Bill 48 is a critical first step to preserve Virginia’s most precious resource – the fresh water that sustains human life, wildlife, agriculture, recreation, and industry.
Legislators need to hear from Virginians that we support more solar and renewable energy jobs!
The Virginia legislature is currently considering legislation (Senate Bill 653) that would support more renewable energy projects and jobs in the state. The bill would create a grant program for new renewable projects, helping to grow our state markets and bring in new jobs.
Your state taxes … paying for Virginia’s elected officials to meet with ALEC?!
Senate Bill 500 will stop all public officials from paying their way with your taxpayer dollars when they go to meetings held by the infamous corporate bill factory ALEC– the American Legislative Exchange Council.
This bill, which prohibits Legislators from using state funds to attend secret meetings, passed the State Senate on Thursday. But now it’s headed to the House of Delegates and Speaker Howell, who sits on ALEC’s national board and chairs the committee that will hear this bill next.
That means we need your help to convince your Delegate to join the State Senate and prohibit Legislators from using state funds to attend secret meetings.
No Delay, No dilution, No exemptions: We’ve waited long enough for Stormwater Regulations
This is the year to act on water pollution, not kick the can further down the road. But, that’s exactly what the Virginia General Assembly may do if any one of dozens of bills written to delay stormwater regulation pass this Session. Implementation has been postponed in 2006, 2009, 2010 and again in 2012. Enough is enough! Now, some want to postpone their responsibility yet again. What are they waiting for?
We need your help to protect healthy forests and our drinking water in the Shenandoah Valley by keeping the proposed ban on natural gas fracking on the George Washington National Forest. Click here to send the Secretary of Agriculture a message today to stop the Frack Attack!
Dominion is holding Virginia back. Right now, Virginia’s largest energy company hasn’t built a single wind farm or major solar project in our state. They have minimal investments in renewable energy in their plan for the next 15 years. Click here to send the message to Thomas F. Farrell II, President & CEO of Dominion Virginia Power telling him that Virginians have had enough of their empty promises — we want clean energy now.