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Dominion Wants To Pay Customers A Premium For Solar

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Dominion Virginia Power is asking the state to let it buy electricity at a premium from customers with solar panels. 

The company wants to buy solar-generated power from people with small panel installations for 15 cents per kilowatt hour. That, the company says, should defray installation costs. 

The company has to get approval from the State Corporation Commission. The rate would be good for 5 years as part of a demonstration period. The money would come from the utility bills of about 14,000 Dominion customers who voluntarily pay more to support renewable energy. 

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A gritty Marine, Donnie Dunagan fought in the Vietnam War and earned decorations for his service. But all his life, there was one thing this commander could never escape: He was the voice of Bambi.
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Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

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The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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In Michigan, A Testing Ground For A Future Of Driverless Cars

Automakers and researchers are using a 32-acre fake city at the University of Michigan to simulate a real-world environment for autonomous vehicles. How will such cars affect urban planning?

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