UPDATE: Firm chosen to study energy storage in Virginia

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    Proposals that could breathe new use into abandoned mines in Southwest Virginia and other localities will now be the focus of a state-funded study.

    Governor Ralph Northam announced Wednesday that Strategen Consulting has been selected to conduct a review and make recommendations for ways to advance energy storage- a technology that he says could revolutionize Virginia's energy landscape.

    The study is a result of legislation passed in the General Assembly earlier this year to examine if regulations and reforms could provide a source for the industry to be established in the Commonwealth.

    Dominion Energy already has a energy storage facility in Bath County and has been interested in establishing another one in the Coalfields region.

    Delegates Todd Pillion and Terry Kilgore along with U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith have touted several potential sites and agree that those energy facilities could bring economic revitalization to the region.

    An interim report will be presented to the Solar Energy Development and Energy Storage Authority in May and a final report for lawmakers will be finalized in September, according to the report from the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.

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