Author Archives: Stephen D. Haner

About Stephen D. Haner

Stephen D. Haner is Senior Fellow for State and Local Tax Policy at the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy. He may be reached at steve@thomasjeffersoninst.org.

SCC Asked to Put Wind Failure Risk on Dominion, Not Customers

In promoting its proposed Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project, Dominion Energy Virginia has made many specific projections about its costs and performance.   The State Corporation Commission is now being advised to convert one or more of them into binding … Continue reading

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SCC Is Reminded: Ratepayers Bear All Risk of Dominion Wind Turbines

First of Two Articles By Stephen D. Haner Virginia’s State Corporation Commission has now received a series of legal briefs offering opinions on what steps, under the law, it can take to protect Dominion Energy Virginia consumers from the massive … Continue reading

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The Increased Gas Taxes You Didn’t Know You Were Paying

Virginia’s gasoline and diesel taxes will rise 7% on July 1, about three more cents per gallon when all the elements of the tax are combined. This is the inflation-driven cost of living adjustment which Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) and … Continue reading

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More Rules for Virginia, Made in California

Virginia’s auto industry overlords in California have a new set of proposed mandates for both electric and internal combustion vehicles which, once adopted, will automatically apply here in the Commonwealth.  They do not advance the date for banning the sale … Continue reading

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You Just Paid More RGGI Tax, Virginia!

Last week Virginia collected another $76 million in carbon tax dollars through the ongoing Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative allowance auction. That was the sixth such sale since Virginia joined RGGI, and the state’s total tax take is now $378 million … Continue reading

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