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Dominion Power and State Corporation Commission Authorizes New Efficiency Program

New Residential Energy Efficiency Programs Approved in Virginia

State Corporation Commission Authorizes Suite of Dominion Virginia Power Programs

Richmond, Virginia– The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) Monday authorized several energy efficiency programs proposed by Dominion Virginia Power designed to reduce customer electricity use and demand. Cynthia Adams, Executive Director of the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), joined other key stakeholders – including Charlottesville area contractors – in testifying before the SCC in early March in favor of these specific programs.

“LEAP fully supports initiatives that break down the barriers to robust and cost-effective energy efficiency programs for Virginians. Everyone wins when we make it easier for utilities to offer – and for homeowners and businesses to take advantage of – beneficial energy efficiency programs,” said Adams.

The SCC ruling link is available online: http://scc.virginia.gov/newsrel/e_dvpdsm_12.aspx

These “Demand-Side Management” programs include a Home Energy Check-Up, a Duct Testing and Sealing Program, and Heat Pump Tune-Up and Upgrade Programs. Together this “Residential Bundle Program” will open the door to tremendous energy and cost savings. LEAP and others advocated to the SCC that the power you don’t use – i.e. efficiency – is cheaper for Virginians than the power you have to make by building additional plants.

“Clearly, the energy we have to create is more expensive than the energy we don’t use.  Energy efficiency is the cheapest resource for energy, and we applaud Dominion for proposing these important initiatives that give consumers the opportunity to choose it,” says Adams. “We are thrilled that the SCC recognized the long term and broader benefits that Dominion’s programs can foster in terms of market transformation. “

For Immediate Release: May 2, 2012
Contact: James Corne, james@leap-va.org, 540.818.5380, 434.227.4666