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Environmental activists would like to see more renewable energy in Virginia's future.
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Environmental activists would like to see more renewable energy in Virginia's future.

On Sept. 1, Dominion Power is required to submit a report to the state, explaining how it will provide electricity over the next 15 years, but even before that happens, a coalition of environmental groups is demanding the utility use more sustainable energy sources to generate power.

Four environmental groups say they're unhappy with the direction Dominion Power is moving — with steady or increased reliance on natural gas, coal and nuclear technology, so they're launching a campaign called New Power for the Old Dominion.

"Their most recent [Integrated Resource Plan], which was released in 2012, essentially did not include any investments in off-shore wind," says Angela Navarro, a staff attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. "It included very modest increases over the next 15 years in land-based winds, and even more modest increases in solar power."

The SELC, the Sierra Club, Appalachian Voices and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network hired three independent consultants to come up with another approach for Dominion — one that would have the utility generating 12 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2027, reducing demand by 10 percent thru conservation, and spending less money than it will cost to build a couple of natural gas plants Dominion has on the drawing board.

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