Energy Matters

Energy Matters

PEC works toward energy solutions that emphasize efficiency first, use appropriate technologies for the 21st Century and respect the scenic and historic character of the Piedmont. 


Learn about the risks associated with uranium mining in a humid climate like exists in Virginia and find out how you can help prevent the mining moratorium from being lifted.

Be a part of the energy solution --find out how you can participate in reducing demand. Learn about 10 easy, do-it-yourself projects that will make your home more energy efficient.

The Piedmont Environmental Council has some experience dealing with Dominion and transmission line proposals through our region. In 2006 and 2008, utilities proposed two unnecessary high-voltage transmission lines that would connect to the oldest and dirtiest coal-fired generation in the United States. Learn more about the TrAIL line (approved and built) and the PATH line (turned down). More recently, a series of projects has been proposed, each with its own set of details and impacts.

When appropriately sited, renewable options such as solar, wind and geothermal, can perform an extremely valuable function - providing peak power close to the load, energy security, cost savings, local employment opportunities, and emissions reductions.

Information about the Spectra Energy gas pipeline proposal through the Piedmont.

During the spring of 2016, residents and businesses within PEC's 9-county service area can take advantage of Solarize Piedmont --a cooperative program with The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC), Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission to bring solar power to more people in the Commonwealth. The Solarize program is a grassroots effort that has been successful in communities across Virginia.

The benefits of solar power are multi-fold: providing peak power close to the demand, energy security, cost savings, local employment opportunities, and emissions reductions. If you live in PEC's service territory and have been thinking about putting solar power on your home or farm, this is your opportunity to find out if it will work for you and take advantage of some very competitive pricing.

The deadline to sign up for our spring campaign was June 30, 2016.

If you signed up, but haven't yet completed your initial paperwork... it's not too late to send it in! Not sure where you left off? Email Bri West at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

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