Renewable Energy in Virginia: 5 Things You Need to Know

Renewable energy can be complicated and the reality is, for Virginians, electricity is relatively cheap compared to other states.

According to Dominion spokesman Jim Norvelle, the average household in Virginia pays $110 per month for electricity. Homeowners in Maryland and Connecticut pay, on average, about $115. Dominion is Virginia’s largest energy provider. Serving 2.5 million customers, Norvelle says about 6 million of Virginia’s 8 million residents rely on Dominion power.

So why bother with renewable sources when our energy needs are already met and we’re getting a good deal for it?

Here are five things you need to know about renewable energy:

The Virginia General Assembly has actually defined it for us: “‘Renewable energy’ means energy derived from sunlight, wind, falling water, biomass, sustainable or otherwise, (the definitions of which shall be liberally construed), energy from waste, municipal solid waste, wave motion, tides, and geothermal power, and does not include energy derived from coal, oil, natural gas or nuclear power. Renewable energy shall also include the proportion of the thermal or electric energy from a facility that results from the co-firing of biomass… Read more


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