ominion Power’s “Green Power” program purports to give customers clean energy options, but opponents question the legitimacy of the program. The company’s Bremo Bluff plant—its nearest power source to Charlottesville—currently runs on coal, but is being converted to run on natural gas by 2014. (Photo courtesy Dominion Power)

Dominion Power criticized for “green” program

Environmental activists are taking aim at Dominion Power, the electric provider that services nearly every Charlottesville resident, for what they say is a misleading program that offers customers clean energy options, but doesn’t tell the whole truth about its power sources. The Chesapeake Climate Action Network —a nonprofit with a mission to combat climate change […]

Police officer Cory Culbreath and his family recently moved into their own home thanks to help from the Charlottesville Police Foundation. Photo by John Robinson.

Non-profit awards housing grants to police officers

If it weren’t for the Charlottesville Police Foundation, Charlottesville police officers Cory Culbreath and Robbie Oberholzer wouldn’t be living in the city they serve. Relatively low salaries and today’s harsh lending environment are making home ownership increasingly difficult for police officers and other public servants, forcing many to live in surrounding, less expensive counties. But […]