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Game changing bills released to rein in Dominion energy bills

Richmond, VA— A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers are proposing a package of bills aimed at ending decades of overcharging by Virginia’s monopoly electric company Dominion. In 2020, Virginia passed transformative energy legislation designed to...

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Dominion’s costly expansion plans sent back to drawing board

COLUMBIA, SC — A South Carolina regulatory board rejected Dominion Energy’s expensive and predictable plans to provide power to its customers over the next decades, saying the Virginia-based utility had given short shrift to cost-saving options like...

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Covid impacts make paying power bills harder; SELC is pushing for solutions

As coronavirus has devastated communities and reorganized home and work life, SELC attorneys have looked to use their expertise to address the new challenges many are facing. One front in this effort has been ongoing advocacy across the Southeast for...

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Appalachian Power’s attempts to increase rates unjustifiable

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Today, the Virginia State Corporation Commission entered its final order in Appalachian Power’s rate case rejecting the company’s attempts to recover unjustified costs, protecting Commonwealth customers. The Southern...

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Dominion attempts to undercut savings from VCEA

RICHMOND, VA - Today, the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of Appalachian Voices revealed at the Virginia State Corporation Commission that Dominion Energy’s plans would undercut savings from the Virginia Clean Economy Act by overcharging...

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Settlement provides relief for Duke Energy customers

The Southern Environmental Law Center recently reached a partial settlement with the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association and Duke Energy in the company’s current rate cases. SELC negotiated the settlement on behalf of the North Carolina Jus...

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Transparency Needed as Southern Utilities Announce Secret Talks to Create Energy Market

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Today some of the region’s largest utilities—including Duke Energy, Southern Company, TVA, and Dominion Energy Inc.’s electric utility in South Carolina—revealed they have for months been engaged in talks to set up a new system...

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PSC Approves Alabama Power’s $1+ Billion Gas Expansion

MONTGOMERY, AL—Today the Alabama Public Service Commission voted to approve the single largest capacity increase ever proposed by Alabama Power. The Commission approved the projects, which will cost customers over $1.1 billion, despite significant...

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New Law Sets Virginia on a Clean Energy Path

On Saturday Governor Ralph Northam signed the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which will replace all carbon-emitting power plants in Virginia with zero-carbon generation by 2050, with milestones to ensure progress along the way. This broad new...

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Experts Expose Flaws in AL Power’s Billion Dollar Request

MONTGOMERY, AL—Hearings concluded today before the Alabama Public Service Commission concerning Alabama Power’s petition to add nearly 2.4 gigawatts of new capacity, a proposal that will cost customers at least $1.1 billion. On behalf of Energy...

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PSC Hikes Mandatory Fees for Georgia Power Customers

ATLANTA, GA—Today the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) issued a final order in Georgia Power’s 2019 rate case that will result in higher bills and less control over those bills for Georgia Power’s customers.   Throughout the proceedings,...

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SELC Statement on Dominion offshore wind project

RICHMOND, VA— After Dominion Energy today announced plans for a new 2,600 megawatt, $7.8 billion offshore wind project, the Southern Environmental Law Center released this statement. “Tapping into Dominion’s offshore wind lease area is...

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Governor Northam sets carbon reduction goals for Virginia

RICHMOND, VA— Today, Governor Ralph Northam announced an Executive Order that will reduce the Commonwealth’s carbon emissions and move the state’s electricity goal to 30% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% carbon-free by 2050. “Governor Northam’s...

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Federal Court Strikes Down ACP Permit

RICHMOND, VA — Today, the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of clients Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club and the Virginia Wilderness Committee won a case against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals...

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Community and faith leaders shed light on Georgians’ energy burden

Nobody likes a sky-high electric bill. But in Georgia, where total monthly energy costs are the third highest nationwide, many families are consistently facing the impossible choice between keeping the lights on and putting food on the table. Energy...

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Public Service Commission delivers major clean energy wins in Georgia

Georgia’s electric grid is getting a lot more solar following today’s final vote by the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) on Georgia Power’s long-term energy plan. The PSC approved the most significant expansion of solar resources in state hist...

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Georgia Public Service Commission Delivers Clean Energy Wins

Atlanta, GA—Georgia’s electric grid is getting a lot more solar following today’s final vote by the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) on Georgia Power’s long-term energy plan.  The PSC approved the most significant expansion of solar resources...

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South Carolina utility regulators reject “tone deaf” Duke fee increases

The Public Service Commission of South Carolina has turned down requests by Duke Energy’s two electric utilities in the state to triple the flat fee that they charge customers each month, calling the steep hike “tone deaf.” The PSC’s final orders, i...

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Hearings highlight Georgia Power’s lack of enthusiasm for cutting carbon, increasing efficiency

Georgia Power continues to underinvest in proven clean energy solutions for reducing its customers’ power bills. That was the message brought forward by SELC and other clean energy advocates through two rounds of testimony this week before the Georgi...

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Virginia Carbon Reduction Plan Could be on Hold

Today, Governor Northam elected not to veto a provision in the budget bill aimed at preventing Virginia from participating in a regional, market-based program to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Although the State Air Pollution Control Board...

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Virginia Carbon Reduction Plan Approved

RICHMOND, VA— Today the Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board voted to approve a cap-and-trade program created by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent over...

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Duke Energy overlooks clean energy opportunities in latest plan

A coalition of clean energy advocates filed expert analyses with North Carolina utility regulators today, finding that the Duke Energy’s long-range plans would cost customers too much money by: keeping aging, inefficient coal plants online, build...

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Virginia SCC Rejects Most of Dominion’s Grid Proposal

RICHMOND, VA—Today the Virginia State Corporation Commission rightfully rejected the majority of Dominion’s first grid modernization petition as unreasonable and imprudent.  In its order, the Commission set forth clear, common sense requirements for...

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Virginia SCC Defends Rights of Renewable Customers

Virginia SCC Defends Rights of Renewable Customers Rejects Dominion’s “green tariff” monopoly move   Charlottesville, VA—The Virginia State Corporation Commission sent a clear message today when it rejected Dominion’s request for approval of a...

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Dominion IRP Stuck in the Past

Dominion’s annual release of its Integrated Resource Plan demonstrates that, once again, Dominion only puts customers’ best interests ahead of shareholders when required by law. Dominion acquiesced to new Virginia law requiring more renewable...

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Dominion loses solar case at Virginia Supreme Court

Richmond, VA—The Virginia Supreme Court today issued a decision to protect the right of Virginia companies to purchase 100 percent renewable energy, a decision that Dominion was attempting to overturn. “The Virginia Supreme Court’s decision today...

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Trump’s Infrastructure Plan a Shell Game That Cuts Cleaner Transportation and Gives Away Environment

Washington, DC—The White House is putting forward a reckless infrastructure plan that offers no new federal money for projects, pulls money away from cleaner transportation such as transit and rail, and removes protections that help prevent...

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Settlement requires Duke Energy to donate $2.5 million to low-income energy assistance program

In a settlement with SELC and our partners, Duke Energy Progress has agreed to contribute $2.5 million in shareholder dollars to provide energy efficiency upgrades to low-income households in North Carolina. This contribution will help pay for...

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FERC Faces Legal Challenge Over ACP Decision

Charlottesville, VA— The Southern Environmental Law Center and Appalachian Mountain Advocates filed a challenge in federal court on behalf of 11 conservation groups challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision to permit the...

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​Legal Challenges Filed Targeting Atlantic Coast Pipeline Approvals

Charlottesville, VA – The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Appalachian Mountain Advocates, on behalf of a coalition of community and conservation groups, filed a legal challenge to the Virginia State Water Control Board’s approval of a...

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Outside Experts Find Dominion’s Coal Ash Assessment Inadequate

Charlottesville, VA— The Southern Environmental Law Center has sent a letter to Senators Scott Surovell (D-District 36) and Amanda Chase (R-District 11) providing its own assessment of the state of the leaking coal ash pits in Virginia after a...

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S.C. must fix flawed utility process and pursue solar to meet state’s power demands

The financial meltdown rippling from the failed V.C. Summer nuclear power station must spark changes in the way regulators consider new utility projects, according to SELC attorneys. At the same time, the attorneys say, South Carolina should make a...

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Department of Energy’s Report Debunks Secretary Perry’s Claims but Continues to Push Coal

Washington, D.C. - The Southern Environmental Law Center released the following statement from Katie Ottenweller, Senior Attorney and leader of SELC’s Solar Initiative in response to the release of a long-awaited report from the Department of Energy...

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Dominion Puts Profits Ahead of Public Necessity

Charlottesville, VA — Expert analysis filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission today reveals that Dominion customers will end up paying anywhere between $1.6 to 2.3 billion in unneeded costs if Dominion Energy builds the Atlantic Coast...

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S.C. nuke plant failure highlights need for energy competition, solar

Today South Carolina utilities Santee Cooper and SCE&G announced they are abandoning nuclear reactors at the VC Summer power plant after years of blown budgets and schedules. The customers of SCE&G face some of the highest utility bills in the...

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Leaked Draft of Department of Energy’s Power Report Finds Grid is More Reliable Than Ever, Debunking

Washington, D.C. - The Southern Environmental Law Center released the following statement in response to news of a leaked draft report from the Department of Energy on the reliability of the nation’s electricity grid. The report was requested by...

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Fact-checking DOE Secretary Rick Perry’s renewable energy inquiry

At the request of Secretary Rick Perry, the Department of Energy is slated to release an analysis this month looking at the reliability of the nation’s electricity grid. But, rather than acknowledging changing market forces, the role of clean energy...

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SELC on the United States’ Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Deal

Charlottesville, VA – President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord signals deep denial both on the reality of climate change and on America’s growing clean-energy economy. The United States joins only two other nations that will not...

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New report shows solar, energy efficiency outcompete nuclear in meeting Georgia’s energy needs

A recent report shows that replacing the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion with new investments in solar power and energy efficiency would be less risky, more affordable, and more than up to the job of powering Georgia’s economy. Once deemed the most...

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Experts: Duke Energy Favors Expensive New Plants over Lower Cost Clean Energy

Chapel Hill, N.C.— Adding more energy efficiency, solar and wind power to Duke Energy’s energy mix will lower costs for its customers in North Carolina, but the utility is using a flawed analysis to justify building costly new gas and nuclear power...

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SELC, partners push for open dialogue around energy efficiency in Alabama

A rate increase proposed by Huntsville Utilities, a municipally-owned utility in northern Alabama, has spurred discussions around the importance of making energy efficiency programs more widely available in a state where efficiency policies have not...

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Promoting equitable access to clean energy in Tennessee

Ensuring broad access to clean energy creates big impact. Consider that disadvantaged households spend a disproportionately large share of their income on electricity, an average of 15 to 20 percent. This fall, in both Chattanooga and Nashville,...

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Seniors in South Carolina forced to choose between medicine, power bill

Lorraine Simmons pulled up her chair to the table and tugged down the gooseneck microphone. In front of her, seven members of the Public Service Commission of South Carolina peered down from an arcing wooden dais. The commissioners were considering...

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Budget overruns at nuclear plant squeezing S.C. customers; energy efficiency offers alternative

When customers pay their power bills from South Carolina Electric & Gas, not all the money goes to keeping the lights on. A chunk of the tally – nearly 20 percent of the average bill – is diverted each month to cover the construction financing and...

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Groups aim to expand access to North Carolina energy efficiency benefits

Recognizing that energy efficiency remains the cleanest, cheapest energy resource, SELC recently filed comments in the North Carolina Utilities Commission in support of changes sought by Duke Energy to its Helping Home Fund—a $20 million, low-income...

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Georgia Builds on Clean Energy Momentum with Commission’s Vote

Atlanta, GA— The Public Service Commission today maintained Georgia’s momentum toward a clean energy future in its final decision approving Georgia Power Company’s long term energy plan.  The decision adds new solar generation while leaving work to...

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Georgia Power adopts renewable energy increase advanced by SELC, partners

Georgia will continue to build on the success of its burgeoning clean energy economy through the state Public Service Commission’s final vote today approving Georgia Power Company’s long-term energy plan. The decision adds new solar to the state’s...

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Southern Environmental Law Center Statement on Clean Power Plan Delay

Charlottesville, VA–The Supreme Court announced this evening a temporary stay on the Clean Power Plan, the country's strongest action ever to reduce carbon pollution from power plants and pave the way for cleaner and more affordable energy choices....

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EPA Urged to Adopt Stronger Incentives for Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency in Clean Power Plan

Charlottesville, VA—As model carbon trading rules are finalized for the Clean Power Plan, clean energy supporters are urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to let energy efficiency and renewable energy compete on a level playing field with...

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TVA’s Long-Range Plan Fails to Take Advantage of Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy

Knoxville, TN—Today the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board of Directors approved the federal utility’s integrated resource plan (IRP) to guide energy decisions for Tennessee and the other states in the TVA region over the next 20 years. Despite...

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TVA’s long-range plan misses chance to maximize investments in alternative energy, efficiency

Today the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) finalized the document that will guide energy decisions for the federal utility over the next 20 years. Known as the Integrated Resource Plan, or IRP, the document confirms that renewable energy and energy...

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Clean Power Plan Provides Path for Safer Climate, Catalyst for Clean Energy Jobs in the Southeast

Charlottesville, VA – This afternoon the Obama Administration will release the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the country’s strongest action ever to reduce carbon pollution and pave the way for cleaner and more affordable energy choices....

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Clean Power Plan provides path for safer climate, catalyst for clean energy jobs in the Southeast

This afternoon the Obama Administration will release the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the country’s strongest action ever to reduce carbon pollution and pave the way for cleaner and more affordable energy choices. Over the next fifteen...

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Worrying signs reinforce need for Clean Power Plan in the Southeast

As we anticipate the release early next week of the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever federal proposal to cut carbon pollution from power plants, another report highlights why the changes prescribed in the plan are so necessary. The report by the...

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TVA Integrated Resource Plan Shows Clean Energy Is Cost Competitive With Gas and Coal

Knoxville, TN—Today the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) released its final 2015 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), a long-range plan that will guide TVA in identifying resources to meet the energy needs of the Tennessee Valley region over the next 20...

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TVA’s updated planning document shows clean energy can compete

Today the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) released the final version of its planning document, which outlines how TVA intends to meet its region’s energy needs over the next 20 years. TVA’s 2015 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) confirms that the...

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Conservation Groups Call on Virginia’s Utilities to Expand Clean Energy Opportunities In the Long-R

Charlottesville, VA- Today, Dominion Virginia Power and Appalachian Power will file their 2015 Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) with the Virginia State Corporation Commission.  These plans chart the power companies’ paths over the next fifteen...

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TVA Falls Short on Commitment to Affordable Clean Energy in its Long-Range Plan

Knoxville, TN - The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Regional Energy Resource Council (RERC) met today to review recommendations on TVA’s updated 2015 Integrated Resource Plan, the long-range plan for meeting regional energy needs over the next twenty...

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SELC attorney named to key Virginia energy efficiency position

On Monday, Governor McAuliffe appointed Staff Attorney Angela Navarro to his Executive Committee on Energy Efficiency. The group is tasked with developing strategies to move toward the state's goal of a 10% reduction in retail electricity...

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SELC op-ed: It’s time to shine light on Alabama Power’s decision-making process

In Alabama, there is a crucial need for an open, transparent process around how Alabama Power, the state’s largest utility, makes long-term energy planning decisions. Along with some of our partners, Keith Johnston, Managing Attorney for SELC’s...

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TVA’s draft long-range energy plan misses the opportunity to capitalize on energy efficiency

The Tennessee Valley Authority released its draft 2015 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) detailing how the federal utility will generate electricity in the future. The draft plan takes significant steps in the right direction, such as confirming that...

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Clean Energy Groups Respond to TVA’s Draft Integrated Resource Plan

Knoxville, TN – Today, the Tennessee Valley Authority released its draft 2015 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) detailing how the federal utility will generate electricity in the future. The draft plan reflects TVA’s considerable commitment to resource...

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SELC spurs utilities to help customers save energy

Of all the strategies for reducing global warming emissions from the Southeast’s power industry, ramping up investment in energy efficiency is the least costly and most readily available option. SELC’s advocacy before state legislators and public...

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Southeastern States Have Clear Path for Meeting Carbon Pollution Targets Under Clean Power Plan

For Immediate Release December 2, 2014 Contacts: Regional - Frank Rambo, Southern Environmental Law Center, 434-977-4090, [email protected] Virginia – Angela Navarro, 434-977-4090, [email protected] North Carolina – Gudrun Thompson,...

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Shaping Virginia’s energy future

SELC holds a position on Governor McAuliffe’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission, which allows us to play a lead role in determining how Virginia will reach its allotted carbon-reduction target under EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. We...

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Clean Energy Benefits Virginia

Today, Governor McAuliffe is expected to outline his vision for a “New Economy of Virginia” through implementation of the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan. While we don’t support all of the plan’s recommendations, the McAuliffe administration should be...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Hearing on Dominion Virginia Power’s Long-Range Energy Plan

The Virginia State Corporate Commission is holding a hearing to review Dominion Virginia Power’s most recent Integrated Resource Plan and determine whether the plan is “reasonable and in the public interest.” Critical assumptions about how the...

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Environmental groups laud approval of energy efficiency programs, but urge more be done

In a ruling late Monday, the State Corporation Commission approved several energy-efficiency programs proposed by Dominion Virginia Power, the largest electricity utility in the commonwealth, but imposed limits that may limit the number of customers...

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Southern States Bottom Out in ACEEE National Energy Efficiency Rankings

Following are statements by the Southern Environmental Law Center regarding the findings released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, with state-by-state rankings for energy efficiency.  The six southeast states rank as...

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State Panel Confirms Energy Efficiency Achievable

In a report to the General Assembly, the State Corporation Commission confirmed Monday that reducing Virginia's electricity consumption through energy efficiency and other demand-side management techniques is realistic and achievable. In its report,...

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Groups Agree: Strong Energy Efficiency Program Ready to Go

Environmental organizations today reached an agreement with Duke Energy Carolinas and North Carolina Utilities Commission Public Staff under which the company agrees to meet an aggressive energy savings target and cap earnings from energy efficiency...

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