Energy Matters

PEC is working to support an energy system that is smarter, more efficient and better accounts for the negative externalities arising from the choices we make about energy consumption, generation, transmission and distribution.

We are advocating for a more distributed system that is less reliant on distant generating sources and incorporates a mix of local renewable power — customer owned, community based and utility scale. Recognizing Virginia is in the early stages of its energy transition, we believe now is the time to reimagine and rebuild our energy system in a way that is just and fair to all residents and ratepayers.

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Maps of the Spectra Energy Gas Pipeline Proposal

Maps of the Spectra Energy Gas Pipeline Proposal

Spectra Energy has announced plans for a gas transmission pipeline through Virginia. The map Spectra has released is not very detailed. However, we have used their map as a starting point for more detailed maps …
| | Gas Pipelines
Email Alert: New Gas Pipeline Proposed Through Virginia

Email Alert: New Gas Pipeline Proposed Through Virginia

We have received word that landowners throughout the Piedmont had begun receiving notices from Spectra Energy, referencing a proposal for a new natural gas pipeline through Virginia. Spectra is distributing a map and a fact …
| | Gas Pipelines
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‘Fracking’ on Conserved Land?

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) is an important state public agency that has taken part in conserving land in the Commonwealth since 1966. Today, VOF is the largest easement holder in Virginia, and PEC is …
Spectra Energy Gas Pipeline Suspended

Spectra Energy Gas Pipeline Suspended

If you’re not on our email list, you may have missed that there was some welcome news on the proposed Spectra Energy gas pipeline, which affected Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties …
| | Gas Pipelines, The Piedmont View
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Virginia Uranium Proponents are Desperate

Just a few short months ago the Virginia General Assembly responded to the will of the people — legislators were forced to withdraw a bill that would have lifted the state-wide ban on Uranium mining …
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Uranium Mining: Going…Going…Gone?

In 2007, Virginia Uranium, Inc. (VUI) made their intentions clear: they were going to persuade lawmakers to lift the Commonwealth’s standing moratorium on uranium mining and milling. The company had their eyes set on a …
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Uranium Mining… Going, Going, Gone?

After a big push, Uranium mining proponents have realized they simply don't have the votes. Seeing the writing on the wall, Senator John C. Watkins (R – Powhatan) officially withdrew his bill to lift the …
Time To Write Your State Reps About Uranium

Time To Write Your State Reps About Uranium

The bills to lift the ban on uranium mining and milling have officially hit Richmond. Despite widespread opposition from local governments and businesses, HB 2330 and SB 1353 were submitted and are now moving through …
The Curse of the Yellow Powder

The Curse of the Yellow Powder

Is it possible to restore a landscape damaged by uranium? Ask the Navajo in New Mexico …
| | Tales from out West
Coal-By-Wire Transmission Line: DEFEATED

Coal-By-Wire Transmission Line: DEFEATED

For six years, the Potomac Appalachian Transmission Highline (PATH)—a massive, unnecessary 765-kV transmission line— has threatened Virginia. The line was to start in southwest West Virginia, travel northeast through previously undisturbed land, eventually cross through …