Climate Clips: Supreme Court of Virginia upholds decision on Dominion carbon market charge

Utility regulators met state legal requirements in approving a charge added to Dominion Energy Virginia bills to pay for participation in a regional carbon market, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled Thursday.

See the full story in the Virginia Mercury.

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