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Dominion Energy

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State regulators are rejecting Dominion Energy's plan to offer 100 percent renewable energy plans to its big customers, saying the electric monopoly's proposal isn't fair or reasonable.

The State Corporation Commission issued a ruling Monday saying Dominion's proposed renewable plan would give the company "extraordinary discretion" in setting prices.

The ruling is a win for third-party energy providers who are hoping to grow their share of business in Virginia.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Supreme Court has upheld a case that makes it easier for big electric users to shop around for renewable energy.

The court upheld an earlier decision by state regulators allowing large customers to purchase 100 percent renewable energy from an independent producer without restrictions.

Dominion Energy, the state's largest electric utility, had argued that big customers who go elsewhere for power should have to give five years' notice before they could return to the utility.

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Representatives from oil refineries, union leaders and Governor John Carney gathered at the Delaware City Refinery to protest a federal rule requiring the purchase of renewable energy credits.

PBF Energy which owns the refinery says those rules which are resulting in ballooning costs.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the oil refineries can either blend biofuels like ethanol or they can purchase the credits.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Clean energy supporters in Maryland are announcing a new campaign to require that 50 percent of the state's electricity come from renewable sources by 2030.

They have scheduled a news conference Wednesday in Baltimore to discuss a legislative proposal to expand Maryland's Renewable Portfolio Standard. That requires utilities to buy a certain percentage of renewable energy each year from the current target of 20 percent by 2020.

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Delaware Technical Community College marked the end of their $7 million energy project on the Terry Campus with the completion of the last solar installation.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this will result in a total production of 2.1 megawatts or about 12 percent of the college’s energy requirements.

The paper reports that this is one of the largest such installations in the state.

The state of Delaware hopes to get 25 percent of its energy needs from renewable sources by the middle of the next decade.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello says if elected he'll work to block construction of two proposed natural gas pipelines.

Perriello announced his opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline at a Richmond news conference Wednesday.

The former congressman said the proposed pipelines, which have drawn opposition from environmentalists and property owners, are a bad investment and Virginia should instead focus on energy efficiency measures and renewable energy.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill to increase the state's renewable energy standards.

Media outlets report that the Senate voted 32-13 Thursday to override the veto, two days after the House of Delegates voted on the measure. It means the law is now in effect.

The Senate needed a three-fifths vote, or 29 out of 47 senators. The measure passed last year on a 32-14 vote in the Senate.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Environmental advocates are urging Maryland lawmakers to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill to boost the state's renewable energy standards.

The advocates held a rally in front of the Maryland State House on Thursday with the bill's sponsors.

They say increasing requirements to use energy sources like wind and solar to 25 percent by 2020 will help the environment and increase jobs in the solar industry. Maryland's current renewable energy standard goal is 20 percent by 2022.

Governor's Office

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Facing a likely veto override on a bill to boost Maryland's renewable energy use, Gov. Larry Hogan is outlining some environmental proposals of his own.
 
Hogan announced plans for millions of dollars of initiatives Tuesday.
 
They include increasing funding for tax credits for people who buy electric cars and charging stations. Hogan says he plans to invest another $7.5 million to create a Clean Energy Institute to help develop and attract private investment for clean energy innovations.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says a new 20-megawatt solar facility will be built in Northampton County.

The Democratic governor says once the utility-scale facility in Cape Charles is completed, it will produce enough energy to power more than 3,000 homes in the area.

The governor's office says Hecate Energy LLC received a permit for the 185-acre "Cherrydale Project" on Wednesday.

McAuliffe, who has pushed for investments in renewable energy to cut carbon emissions, says the project is a "significant step forward for the Eastern Shore."

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