In the News: Va. lawmakers considering changes to utility incentives

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By Michael Felberbaum
The Associated Press



Several environmental groups gathered after the meeting to express concerns about the agreement between the attorney general's office and power companies and called for lawmakers to fix the portion of the law, rather than repeal it. They were joined by Del. Alfonso Lopez, D-Arlington, who has introduced a bill to change the qualifications for utilities to receive the incentives, focusing on renewable energy sources in the state.

"Virginia has done a pretty bad job of focusing on the environment for decades," Lopez said. "Republican or Democrat, you're either an environmentalist who cares about the future of this planet, who cares about the future of the commonwealth, or you're not."

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