Press Release | January 17, 2019

Virginia SCC Rejects Most of Dominion’s Grid Proposal

RICHMOND, VA—Today the Virginia State Corporation Commission rightfully rejected the majority of Dominion’s first grid modernization petition as unreasonable and imprudent.  In its order, the Commission set forth clear, common sense requirements for future filings that will help protect consumers by ensuring the costs associated with proposed grid transformation projects actually provide commensurate benefits.

“While grid modernization—things like smart meters and other technology—can be very beneficial to customers if done properly, the Commission recognized that Dominion was essentially asking to spend hundreds of millions of customer dollars on various projects, without a clear plan to ensure customers would actually realize any benefits.  Spending money first and hoping it works out is not prudent planning,” said Nate Benforado, attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center.





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Nate Benforado

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