News | February 15, 2010

Virginia’s Largest Utility Proposes Energy Efficiency Plan

A hearing before the State Corporation Commission starts this week on Dominion Virginia Power's proposal to implement energy-efficiency programs in 2010 and beyond. While the program is a good first step, SELC is participating in the hearing to present evidence why Dominion should expand and refine its programs for better energy and cost savings – and for maximum environmental benefit.

The plan, entirely voluntary by Dominion, was developed in response to a change in state law in 2009 allowing utilities to recover the costs of investing in efficiency programs much the same as they do for investing in traditional energy sources, such as building coal-fired power plants. SELC and our allies advocated vigorously for passage of this important law.

Among other things, SELC is urging Dominion to invest more heavily in programs to help the 215,000 small businesses, small industries, large retailers and other customers using 500 kilowatt hours or less save energy, and money.

See our press release for more information.