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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

by: lowkell

Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 06:44:30 AM EST

Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, December 3. Also check out the trail for Annabel Park's and Eric Byler's new project, "Story of America: A Nation Divided." It picks up where they left off, at 9500 Liberty Street in Manassas, Virginia.

*Why Norquist still holds the GOP in the palm of his hand
*E.J. Dionne Jr.: Why sane bargaining looks strange
*Warnings mount as tax hike talks hit a stalemate (President Obama has offered a balanced, fair approach. What have Republicans done but say "no?")
*Editorial: Voter fraud gets another spin ("Revisiting Virginia's newly tightened voter ID law is not warranted by experience.")
*Mark Warner optimistic about fiscal cliff deal
*Warner Defends Obama's Event in Pa. ("It's also incumbent on the president to realize that this is a conversation that he has to have not just with Washington but the rest of the country.")
*Running on fumes ("THE LAST TIME Virginia made a real effort to increase annual revenue for transportation, state lawmakers heeded the call of then-Gov. Gerald L. Baliles.")
*Editorial: An overhaul for road-building law ("A new report by the nonprofit Southern Environmental Law Center warns that Virginia needs to do a better job at weighing the costs of privatization against traditional public procurement for road construction.")
*Northam announces bid for lieutenant governor
*Virginia's local governments look to state for help
*Va. agencies plot $132M in contingent cuts
*Terry McAuliffe golfs with President Obama, Bill Clinton
*Why Tom Perriello May Be Hard To Beat
*How Pete Snyder snagged Ollie North ("In 1994, [Snyder] was one of the foot soldiers in what they called Ollie's army." Wow, Snyder's been f***ed up politically for a long time!)
*Bolling's undoing was quietly in works for years
*Nats weighing future, present

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From Del. David Toscano (D-Cville):

Toscano's HB1686 (2011) Clears Path for SCC's Approval of Pilot Solar Energy Generation Project

Charlottesville, VA - Responding to a 2011 Bill introduced by Delegate David Toscano, the State Corporation Commission on Wednesday approved Dominion Virginia Power's request to initiate pilot solar-energy generation projects in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Dominion proposes to construct up to 30 MW of solar distributed generation facilities, using approximately 30 - 50 installations that would be owned by Dominion but be placed on leased commercial, industrial and community locations, such as rooftops.

Cale Jaffe, an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, said that without the efforts of Delegate Toscano this project would not have been possible. "This is an essential first step towards the beginning of a solar energy boom in Virginia, and his bill was a key to the SCC approval".

HB 1686, passed in the 2011 session, directed the SCC to consider for approval utility petitions for distributed solar energy generation facilities. Delegate Toscano, the patron of HB 1686 and the Democratic Leader in the Virginia House of Delegates, expressed pleasure at the SCC action.

"This effort shows that great things can be accomplished when environmental groups and utilities work together; this project could lead to a dramatic expansion of solar-energy generation in Virginia"

According to Dominion Virginia Power, the demonstration project should provide enough electricity to power about 6000 homes during peak daylight hours, and is estimated to add less than 20 cents to a typical residential electric bill. The initial phase of the project is expected by the end of 2013.

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