Smart Energy: Transforming Virginia’s Future
We are delivering for our customers, with bold targets for reducing carbon, adding renewable energy resources and transforming the electric grid for more reliable service that meets our customers’ evolving needs. Here’s where we’re going.
Newer technology in the works to give customers more options to access their energy usage.
We are developing a new customer information platform and making investments in targeted grid improvements will allow us to give our customers more options to access their energy usage information and bills while we provide even more dependable service.
New technology across the energy grid will reduce outages, speed up restoration time, and give our customers reliable service they can count on. These devices also can isolate outages by automatically rerouting power so fewer customers are impacted, and a allow us to quickly dispatch crews directly to the source of the outage. View a video to learn more about the Smart Grid.
Smart meters will let customers take control of their energy usage through new options like timely usage insights, customizable alerts for high energy usage and bills, and outage information so customers no longer have to notify Dominion Energy when lights are out and alerts to give customers updates about their restoration status. The process for starting or stopping service also is streamlined.
More renewable power, and more options to for customers to use clean energy.
A transformed grid will better integrate renewable generation while ensuring safe and reliable service to all customers and streamline the process of connecting distributed generation like solar to the grid. It also will allow us to offer customers new renewable energy options, regardless of where they live, and will support electric vehicle adoption, access and ease of charging to help improve air quality.
We also are developing future-facing projects like offshore wind turbines, microgrids, and battery storage to further reduce our impact on the environment.
Supporting electric cars and school buses.
Transportation is the number one source of carbon emissions in the US. We are working to expedite the development of innovative, cleaner, more sustainable solutions for personal and public transportation.
Electric Vehicles cost less to operate than traditional internal combustion cars and have no tailpipe emissions. You can calculate your financial savings and compare CO2 emissions for gas and electric cars over a year of driving using our educational portal ChooseEV.
Dominion Energy Virginia has received approval for the Smart Charging Infrastructure Pilot Program as part of its Grid Transformation Plan. The Pilot Program will support EV adoption while minimizing the impacts of EV charging on the grid. We also announced plans for an electric school bus deployment to reduce emissions, provide cost savings to school districts and enhance grid reliability.
We recently partnered with Fairfax County on an autonomous electric shuttle pilot project to learn about deploying autonomous vehicles as part of a large public transportation system while also providing for a path to a lower emissions transportation future Virginia.
A Stronger Virginia
Safe, reliable service around the clock, every day.
Now more than ever, we know that access to reliable, stable, competitively priced energy is just as important to residential customers as it is to businesses in Virginia. We're making investments so that critical infrastructure and facilities (e.g. hospitals, nursing homes, etc.) are more resilient, like implementing new construction techniques to harden the grid to better prevent and more quickly recover from power outages. We also are continuing to place more of the most outage-prone neighborhood lines underground. We're making investments so that critical infrastructure and facilities (e.g. hospitals, nursing homes, etc.) are more resilient.
In addition, we're adding secure digital networks that are ready for new and emerging technologies, and investing in enhanced standards for physical protection of critical infrastructure and cybersecurity to improve network security throughout the grid. We also are researching ways we can help expand high speed internet access in rural areas and further contribute to economic development.
$1 billion in proposed energy conservation programs and increased weatherization services.
We will be applying for approval of over $1 billion in energy conservation programs during the next decade, including an expansion of our EnergyShare program to help families in financial hardship pay their bills and lower their energy use with free energy efficiency upgrades to help keep their bills lower in the future.
In addition, we’re working to support communities in Virginia who are interested in converting streetlights to more efficient and longer-lasting LED technologies and exploring partnerships with localities on energy efficiency measures.
Significant Milestones & Announcements
SCC issues Final Order
Dominion Energy files Grid Transformation Plan 1B with Virginia State Corporation Commission
- Grid Transformation Plan 2019 (44-page summary document)
- Volume 1 (Cover Letter, Petition, Plan Document, Appendices A-F, Corrected Pages)
- Volume 2 (Direct Testimony)
- Visit the Virginia SCC website for additional documents related to PUR-2019-00154.
Announce Largest Offshore Wind Project in US
We propose Largest Electric School Bus Initiative in the Country
Dominion Energy Will Pay for Your Old Fridge and Recycle it For You
Look to Expand Broadband Access in Rural Virginia
Announce Battery Storage Pilot Projects