Dominion plans put profits ahead of public necessity

Expert analysis filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission today reveals that Dominion Energy customers will end up paying between $1.6 to 2.3 billion in unneeded costs if Dominion builds the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The analysis is included in one of three expert testimonies filed by SELC on Dominion Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan.

“Today’s filings add to mounting evidence that Dominion Energy is not getting the numbers right in its planning process,” says Staff Attorney Will Cleveland. “That’s a problem not just from an environmental standpoint but in terms of wasting billions of customer dollars.”

The detailed analysis of Dominion’s IRP, the document that guides the utility’s long term planning, reveals that the company continues to use outdated data and modeling to come up with an energy plan for Virginia – one that skews in favor of the most lucrative plan for shareholders rather than the soundest one for energy consumption and customer costs.

SELC’s experts reviewed Dominion’s IRP and found the following:

SELC will represent Appalachian Voices, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and the National Resources Defense Council at Dominion’s IRP hearing at the Virginia SCC in September.