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Across every facet of our company, we're transforming the way we do business to build a more sustainable future for the planet, our customers, our team and our industry. Here's how we're shaping the future of energy in America.
Delivering Clean Energy
More than 85% of our current generation comes from either clean energy sources such as nuclear, renewables and hydro, or natural gas-fired generation that supports renewables.
We produced our first megawatt of solar energy in 2015. Since then, we have increased our total solar generation portfolio from 41 megawatts to nearly 2,600, with plans to add 3,000 megawatts of solar and wind by 2022.
Wind turbines use three blades to “catch” the kinetic energy of the wind and convert it to electrical energy. We’re investing in offshore wind power because it’s an abundant renewable resource that is also emissions-free. In 2018, we announced the launch of our Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot project – only the second such project in the country.
Our nuclear energy powers nearly 3 million homes. Nuclear power emits zero carbon emissions and no air pollution. It produces energy around the clock.
You asked for cleaner energy, and we listened. Every day, we experiment with innovative ways to minimize our footprint and protect natural resources. We have plans to use a mix of new and existing technologies in order to reduce methane emissions.
We are reducing carbon emissions 80% by 2050.
We use water to make energy. Whenever we can, we return the water to its original source. But because we can't always do that, we're seeking opportunities to use less water and to reuse water.
By pursuing a diverse mix of cleaner, more efficient and lower-emitting methods of generating and delivering energy, we have reduced our carbon emissions by nearly 50% in the last 10 years. That's the equivalent of taking 6 million cars off the road. And we’re not stopping there; by 2050 we plan to reduce carbon emissions by 80%.
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We designed our new corporate headquarters, 600 Canal Place, with sustainable features, including energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems and a landscaped terrace that captures rainwater for reuse. We expect the tower to earn a Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) Gold rating upon completion.
We commit to establishing more than 500 acres of pollinator habitat by 2020 and to piloting habitat plots on solar farm sites.
Serving Customers & Communities
We're securing the future of energy for our customers and our communities. It's our job to make sure power and gas delivery remains free from interruptions caused by weather, security threats, or accidents.
We also support the communities our customers live in by volunteering and making financial contributions to community causes.
Plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining popularity across the country and in Dominion Energy’s Virginia and North Carolina service territories. We are committed to studying and responding to customer interest in EVs.
Smart meters help us provide better service and give customers more control over how and when they use energy. That's why we're moving forward with regulators on a five-year, $470 million plan to deploy 2.1 million smart meters.
We began EnergyShare in 1982 to help low-income customers pay their energy bills. Today, the program annually helps tens of thousands of elderly, low-income, veteran and disabled customers in three states with heating and cooling assistance and weatherization. We have invested over $110 million in this program over the last three decades. Going forward, we are committed to increasing that number to over $13 million annually through 2028.
You love your community. We do, too. What began as a one day event in October 2000 has become an annual project blitz we call "Energizing our Communities."
Each year, employees nominate and lead efforts to beautify parks, remove invasive species, build community gardens and more. In 2018 alone, 639 volunteers completed 30 projects.
More than $20 million in grants will be awarded by the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation in 2019.
From providing early vision screenings for elementary school students to funding urban gardens that provide fresh produce to food-insecure households, we're investing in community causes.
Project Plant It!®
Each spring we give thousands of students a seedling to plant in celebration of Arbor Day.
Senior Cool Care
For more than 25 years, we've provided AC units to low-income older citizens for free.
We contributed $150,000 to help build Virginia Tech's award-winning FutureHAUS.™
Providing an Ultimate Employee Experience
We're working hard to attract diverse talent, grow leaders, provide career development for all our employees, and create an inclusive work environment. We've attracted some attention: Recently, Forbes recognized us on three of its "Best Employers" lists:
Diversity is vital to our business success. It brings strength to our operations through breadth of experience, perspective and talent.
25% of our Board of Directors are women.
1 in 5 new hires at Dominion Energy is a veteran.
We work hard to bring veterans into our company and keep them here. We value the skillsets our veterans bring to the company, from diligence and safety awareness to an aptitude for leading diverse groups. One of the ways we honor our nation's veterans is to provide them with the training and support they need to successfully transition to civilian life. We launched Troops to Energy Jobs in 2011. Today, more than 50 companies participate in the program.
Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
ERGs create community and offer networking and professional development opportunities.
Teams competed to create new customer experiences at our first-ever Innovation Expo in 2018.
We hire more than 250 student interns every year and more than 85% of graduating seniors earn full time job offers.