Tuesday, August 21, 2012

County Board's Deal With Dominion For Power Grid Upgrades - No Rooftop Solar, Pike Streetcar Approval, 'Contributions' to County Board's Pet Interests

Hello Yupette,

As you may remember the County Board recently approved a deal with Dominion whereby Dominion would spend $100 million connecting its high voltage transmission lines in Alexandria with the Ballston-Rolsslyn corridor. Much of the power delivered to the B-R corridor over these new power lines will be generated from coal, including 'mountaintop coal' from southwest Virginia.

What the County Board does not want to talk about is the deal it made with Dominion for the power grid upgrades. The County Board agreed to no renewable energy on any but a few public building rooftops, no promotion of residential renewable energy, and promotion of the streetcar option on the Pike and Potomac Yards (powered by electricity generated from burning coal). Dominion agreed to a laundry list of political contributions, a green energy program consisting of selling a miniscule amount of 'green' power generated out-of-state and heavily marked up, and grants, gifts, and consulting contracts with the County Board's pet people and special interests.

So if you wondered why rooftop solar is appearing everywhere but Virginia, there's your answer. BTW, 'Green Energy' is just another County Board charade, Dominion derives 57% of its electrical energy from burning combustible materials and 42% from nuclear reactors.

2100

13 Comments:

At 21 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting report. Where can I read the documents confirming this deal and detailing the contributions, gifts, contracts and so on?

 
At 21 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It figures. As long as anyone (corporation, developer, etc.) contributes to the "board's" pet projects, including Zimmie's folley, out of control development, gentrification that prices housing way out of reach of the middle class, all the "smart growth", "balance", etc., etc., etc., the "board" publicly spouts is tossed out the window. Yep, like the old saying goes - money talks.

 
At 21 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never mind Dominion. King Coal Booster National Rural Electrification Cooperative Association trades favors to ACDC for an anti-renewable policy by the County Board.

 
At 21 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should be DEMANDING that Jay Fisette's domestic partner, Rob Rosen, disclose his consulting firm's list of corporate clients.

 
At 21 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean like NRECA, which Rob Rosen's consulting firm, Healthy Companies International, just gave a complete corporate makeover?

 
At 21 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No brainer: Google 'Political Contributions - Dominion'.

 
At 21 August, 2012 , Anonymous Pike Articulated Buses - Way to Go said...

Anon., ask Rob Ro$en to disclose a full list of his corporate clients over the past ten years. 'Course he can't do that, would make Jay look like a total $hill for Rob's corporate clients.

 
At 21 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Corporate Environmental Charade in action? Google 'Dominion Foundation', aka let's conserve those mountaintop coal-generated kilowatts.

 
At 21 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out -

dirtyenergymoney.com

 
At 22 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dominion is deceptive about 'renewable' energy, which it generates by burning biomass ( e.g., wood waste).

 
At 23 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

County should be buying electric vehicles for maintenance, charged by PV panels installed on maintenance buildings.

 
At 24 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

County Should trade the old Priuses for new electric vehicles, charged by PV panels.

Also, scrap the streetcar, use CNG fuel cell buses instead.

 
At 25 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dominion is totally deceptive about 'renewable' energy, almost all the 'renewable' energy Dominion generates is obtained by burning something.

 

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