The new Virginia looks a lot like the old Virginia when it comes to energy laws

Michael Deal

tephen D. Haner's article in today's Washington Post discusses how failure to fix the process first would result in a major revision to the commonwealth's energy economy that again puts consumers last.  Haner had recommended 3 fixes: capping campaign contributions, developing a stronger advocacy voice for consumers, and dumping a legislative joint study commission that had proved subservient to the electric utilities.  None of them were made.

Haner concludes that "with consumers all but voiceless, unlimited donations continuing from various energy interests, the key regulator neutered and the legislature showing no interest in real discussion between sessions, the new Virginia looks much like the old one."

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