Category Archives: Economy

SELC Files Legal Opinion: Not Enough Demand for ACP

The Southern Environmental Law Center filed a last-minute opinion saying there isn’t enough market demand for a $6 billion pipeline. PJM Interconnection, the group that controls the electricity grid in Virginia, provided data to SELC on current and future electricity needs showing significantly less need than that claimed by Dominion. The difference of 3,515 megawatts is a gap between Dominion’s claims and the PMJ data that is the equivalent of two massive power plants Virginia doesn’t need.

C-Ville interviewed SELC’s Greg Buppert, who told them, “I think the bottom line here is that Dominion is rushing forward with a project that has real questions about its public necessity. FERC is also not looking at the issue. Once this pipeline is in the ground, ratepayers will be stuck with it. Landowners will have lost their property to Dominion, and, at that point, it’s going to be too late to say this project wasn’t really needed. The problem is no one is looking; no regulators are asking this question right now.”

Read the C-Ville article here.

WhoWhatWhy Article

“Will Activists Be Able to Stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline?” That’s the question discussed in this excellent article in Who.What.Why. The article accurately reviews both Dominion’s claims about the benefits of the pipeline and the evidence on both lack of need and resulting damage presented by the many organizations and individuals opposing it. It is a fine summary of the arguments – a good article to send to anyone who has not followed the day-by-day pipeline developments.

Real Costs of the ACP

Thomas Hadwin, formerly employed by the gas industry, now works to fight the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the potential destruction it could bring to us and our land. In this 4-and-a-half minute video on Youtube, The Real Costs of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Hadwin reiterates what many have already said. “The market does not need the Atlantic Coast Pipeline because sufficient gas is supplied to this area by the Transco corridor. In fact, the utility ratepayers will pay more as a result of the ACP.  The cost of transporting gas over the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is 3 times higher than the cost of transporting gas for Transco.”

The video, produced by Friends of Buckingham, reminds us that we can make a difference! FERC is accepting public comments on the ACP until April 6th, 2017. Take action! Go online to and click on eComment, and using docket number CP15-554-000, tell FERC that the real costs of the ACP are unacceptable.

“The ACP in a Nutshell”

Thomas Hadwin, who spoke on February 12, 2017, in both Buckingham and Nelson Counties, has kindly shared his PowerPoint presentation from the workshop in Buckingham, “New Pipelines:  Do We Need Them?” (the answer is no!), as well as two other documents he has written, “Purpose and Need for the ACP,” and “The ACP in a Nutshell.” In “The ACP in a Nutshell” he carefully refutes Dominion’s inflated claims of local economic benefits, reminds us that, “The Department of Energy states that adequate capacity exists in the existing pipeline system to serve this region throughout the multi-decade planning horizon of their studies,” notes that, if built, “ratepayers would pay higher transport fees for the ACP compared to existing pipelines,” and concludes that eminent domain requires landowners “to sacrifice their individual interest in order to serve the greater public good. In this case, the greater public good is better served both economically and environmentally by using existing pipelines.”

For additional information and resources by Thomas Hadwin, see “Atlantic Coast Pipeline: A Question of Need.”  This story map posted by Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition includes detailed charts and information.

More Workers in Solar than in Fossil Fuel Power Generation

A January 2017 report from the Department of Energy says solar power employed 42% of the Electric Power Generation sector’s workforce in 2016, while fossil fuels combined accounted for just 22%. According to a January 25, 2017, Forbes article, “The boom in the country’s solar workforce can be attributed to construction work associated with expanding generation capacity. The gulf in employment is growing with net generation from coal falling 53 percent over the last decade. During the same period, electricity generation from natural gas increased 33 percent while solar expanded 5,000 percent.” The graphic above is by Forbes/Statista.

Dominion claims ‘jobs’ as one of positives that their pipeline will bring to communities. But the pipeline builders will not be local folks, and after construction, required employment numbers will be minimal. Dominion’s cited “jobs” = Dominion’s propaganda.

The DoE report is here.  The Forbes article is here.