Friday, October 17, 2014

Only Mark Warner Could Afford to Re-elect Mark Warner

"I will work to ensure that any final rule provides Virginia with adequate flexibility, enhances innovation and R&D in clean coal, and ensures that we maintain a safe and reliable energy network to power a competitive economy.” 

What a joke.

Recently, the State Corporation Commission released a statement outlining just what the new EPA regulations will mean to the average Virginian. The not good. Those regulations, against which Senator Warner promised to represent us, will still require the shuttering of many power plants in Virginia, reducing efficiency and raising costs astronomically.  

The EPA predicts that Virginia utilities will have to shut down power plants reliably producing 2,851 megawatts of electricity, and replace that generation with just 351 megawatts of wind power. For example, complying with the rules would likely cost Dominion Virginia Power customers alone an extra $5.5 billion to $6 billion. 

Taking the low-ball estimate that is an extra $665.82 charged to every man, woman, and child in the Commonwealth. ($5.5 Billion divided into 8,260,405, Virginia's current population)

The question right now is "Can you or I afford to take Mark Warner at his word again?"

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