Category: CO2 strategy

Hot roofs above row house bedrooms cause sleep deprivation; public health laws needed

People who sleep in a top-floor bedroom under a black asphalt roof are likely to lose sleep on summer nights due to heat from the roof, with serious health consequences.  Technically, the fix is simple—coat every black asphalt roof with a white coating—but progress…

Dominion’s wires are its only natural monopoly; let engineering firms build low-cost solar, wind

By Will Driscoll Many firms have more experience than Dominion Energy in building solar and wind farms and connecting them to the grid.  And these other firms provide the lowest prices for solar and wind, as seen in Tucson’s and Austin’s recent solar costs below 3 cents per…

How Activate Virginia persuaded 76 candidates to sign the “No Dominion $” pledge: A model for other states

By Will Driscoll Virginia’s election of 13 legislators who pledged never to accept Dominion campaign funds—a tremendous result for a new political strategy—can be an inspiration for citizens everywhere. Here’s an account of the hard work of many groups and 76 Democratic Party candidates behind that…

Thirteen “Dominion $ deniers” to serve in the state legislature, countering climate deniers

By Will Driscoll In a big win for anti-corruption and clean energy advocates, 13 elected House of Delegates members have pledged not to accept campaign contributions from Dominion Energy or Appalachian Power.  (Dominion has blocked clean energy progress for years by funding campaigns of…

These six House of Delegates candidates have declared independence from Dominion—And they’re campaigning on clean energy

By Will Driscoll When 60 non-incumbent Democrats running for the House of Delegates joined candidate for governor Tom Perriello in pledging not to accept campaign funds from Dominion Energy, Virginia’s clean energy advocates took heart.  That’s because Dominion has raced to build large fossil generating units…

Arlington creates legal authority for solar-on-schools power purchase agreements; Plans October RFP

By Will Driscoll Clearing a legal hurdle that may affect other Virginia school systems, Arlington Public Schools has created a new type of purchasing authority so it may enter into power purchase agreements (PPAs) for solar power. Arlington’s School Board created that authority by amending its purchasing…