Dominion Virginia Power proposes Electric bills to go lower in Virginia

Dominion Virginia Power Proposes Reduction in Customer Bills

Dominion Virginia Power customers can expect to see lower electricity bills this summer if a fuel rate proposal the company made recently is approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC).

The company proposed a reduction in its fuel charge that would lower the monthly bill of a typical residential customer, who uses about 1,000 kilowatt-hours a month, by $4.35, or about 3.8 percent. With the adjustment, the typical residential bill would have increased by just under 4 percent since July 2008 – less than half the rate of inflation over the same eight-year period.

“At Dominion our goal is to operate at high levels of efficiency in order to keep bills low for our customers. We have done this, and the efficiency from our generating units, combined with the low cost of natural gas and the generally milder weather, has led to this positive announcement,” said Robert M. Blue, president of Dominion Virginia Power, “Providing reliable and affordable energy in an environmentally responsible manner is our core mission, and this proposal to reduce customers’ bills is yet another step forward in our ongoing effort.”


WASA digs a good pipe, man

Customers urged to call 8-1-1 before starting any digging projects

Every six minutes, someone strikes and damages an underground utility line, but you can help defend your neighborhood. Practicing safe digging techniques and calling 8-1-1 before putting a shovel or backhoe into the ground can go a long way to protecting your life and your property.

“Spring is the time of year when many of our customers think about planting trees and shrubs, putting up a fence or replacing a mailbox post,” said Ed Baine, senior vice president of Distribution. “But with more than 20 million miles of underground utilities buried across the country, it’s very likely that there are telecommunications, cable, electrical or gas lines buried in your yard—in places you cannot see and may not expect.”

April is National Safe Digging Month and Dominion Virginia Power encourages customers to make a free call to VA811 before digging a hole – no matter how shallow. A professional locator will visit your property to mark the underground lines with flags or paint to help prevent you from making a costly and possibly life-threatening mistake.

VA811 and Dominion recommend that homeowners and contractors remember:

  • Plan ahead: always call 8-1-1 at least three business days before digging and allow time for marking, regardless of the depth of the dig or familiarity with the property.
  • If a contractor has been hired, confirm that a call to 811 has been made.
  • After you see paint markings or flags, but before you start to dig, confirm with the VA811 call center that all utilities have responded and marked their lines.
  • Consider moving your project if it is near utility line markings.

For more tips and information about safe digging and the one-call process, visit or this link.

(Photo via IntangibleArts, on Flickr)

Power Outage Tuesday, April 19, 2016
UPDATE (7:45 PM): Dominion projects restoration to occur between 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. this evening.

UPDATE (7:35 PM):

Thousands of customers are without power in the Alexandria, Virginia tonight, according to Dominion Virginia Power.

As of 7:30 p.m. this evening, there are 2,558 customers without power in the City. Power outage stretches from Old Town to the Carlyle and Eisenhower East neighborhoods out to Quaker Hill and Taylor Run.

The cause of the outage is listed as a ‘circuit out’, according to Dominion Virginia Power.

REMINDER: Report your outage by calling 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357).

Stay with for developments in this story.

Dominion Power Coal Ash protest at VIrginia General Assembly in Richmond, Virginia

Hundreds march to demand repeal of Dominion’s coal ash dewatering permits

Today hundreds of river lovers from across the mid-Atlantic took their concerns for local water quality into their own hands with a march through Richmond’s downtown. Their demand was simple – an immediate repeal of recent permits that would allow Dominion Power to dump millions of gallons of toxic coal ash wastewater into Virginia’s most treasured waterways.

Organizers of the event, No ACP, a chapter of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, along with Collective X and Richmond Resistance, called this an opportunity to provide an alternate outlet for people’s distrust and dismay after the passage of the permits and recent revelations of Dominion’s actions along the Potomac River.

“Dominion now has a proven track record for negligence and misrepresenting their actions to both state and federal agencies,” said Tatiane Pena of No ACP. “Their promises to the public are worthless. It is the job of the Department of Environmental Quality to ensure that our waterways and communities are protected, and the current permits contain zero mechanism for enforcement. Nor do they require Dominion treat the wastewater to the highest standard possible.”


Potomac River Oil Spill (Photo via @PotomacRiver on Twitter)
Delegate Mark Levine (D-45), in a ‘Richmond Report’ email, noted the following on the recent Potomac River oil spill that we were able to bring to you first. We were also the first to raise awareness on the possible Dominion Power connection.

I have been saying for over a week that Dominion Power was most likely responsible for the recent oil spill in the Potomac, and now they have finally admitted it. Dominion must now fully pay for the costs of the cleanup. But more importantly, we need to keep environmental damage like this from happening again. We need better containment structures when transformers fail and more public notice. Lowell Feld of Blue Virginia raises some good tough questions. Why did it take 10 days and the personal efforts of Delegate Mark Levine for the initial 13,500-gallon oil-spill to be made public? Is there any doubt this whole thing would have been covered up if eight miles of oil had not been released into the Potomac?

You can subscribe to Mark’s Richmond Report online.

(Photo via @PotomacRiver on Twitter)

Power line route options in Alexandria

This is an update to this post, this post, this post and this post.

In early 2014, Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) approached the City regarding its proposal to construct a new 230-kilovolt (kV) transmission line between DVP’s Glebe Substation on Four Mile Run in Arlington County and Pepco’s Potomac River Substation at the NRG Site where the power plant was recently shut down. In December 2014, citing lower forecasts for electrical demand, DVP notified the City it had delayed plans to proceed with the line until its engineers could perform additional analysis.

On Thursday, DVP officials met with City staff and indicated that the utility planned to renew its proposal for the 230kV transmission line, with plans to file a formal application to the Virginia State Corporation Commission in summer 2016.


Potomac River Oil Spill (Photo via @PotomacRiver on Twitter)
This is an update to this post on the recent discovery of a Potomac River oil sheen.

The Unified Command continues its investigation Friday of the oil sheen at Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary near Arlington, Virginia.

“The marine safety lab forensic petroleum analysis shows that all samples are derived from a common source,” said Cmdr. Michael Keane, incident commander. “Once the National Pollution Fund Center reviews the results of the investigation, a formal designation of a responsible party will be determined.”

That source has been determined:

We were the FIRST news/media outlet to report on the Dominion Virginia Power connection to the oil spill. No additional sheening has been observed in the last 24 hours.

There have been no additional reports of oiled birds in the last 24 hours.

In total, 32 birds were captured, and they are being rehabilitated at the Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research facility in Delaware. There have been 21 animal mortalities.

Reports of impacted wildlife should be made to the Office of Unified Communications by dialing 311.

Reports of oil should be made to the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.

(Photo via @PotomacRiver on Twitter)

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