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Net Zero

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Over the past two decades, we have reduced our greenhouse-gas emissions substantially. Since 2005, we have reduced carbon emissions from power generation by 46 percent. Since 2010 methane emissions from gas operations are down 38 percent. 

What is Net Zero?

Net Zero does not mean we will eliminate all emissions. Rather, we will reduce emissions as much as technology and customer affordability allow, and offset the remainder through carbon-beneficial programs, such as renewable natural gas. Dominion Energy's Net Zero plans cover emissions under the company's direct control (Scope 1) and those from our suppliers and customers (Scopes 2 and 3).

Scope 1

Direct control

Direct Control


Owned power generation

 

Fugitive natural gas emissions from compression, venting and leaks

 

Fuel use for vehicle fleet

Scopes 2 & 3

Upstream (indirect)

Upstream (indirect)


Purchased power and fuel for power generation

 

Natural gas purchased to serve our customers

 

Facility use of electric power

Scope 3

Downstream

Downstream (indirect)


Customer combustion of natural gas, including:

  • Residential heating
  • Cooking
  • Commercial use
  • Manufacturing

Our Plans to Get to Net Zero

Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind

Providing clean, renewable energy off the shores of Virginia Beach.

Harnessing Wind off the Coast of Virginia
Rapidly expanding wind and solar generation

Expanding Solar

We brought our first megawatt of solar energy online in 2013. Today our solar portfolio is one of the biggest in the country among investor-owned utilities, and we plan to add substantially more solar generation in the coming years.

 

Our Solar Facilities
Zero-carbon nuclear power

Zero-carbon Nuclear Power

Our nuclear fleet constitutes the largest source of carbon-free energy in our generating portfolio and is essential to our Net Zero goal. Our four nuclear power stations provide over 40% of our total electricity generation production (in MWh).


Our Nuclear Facilities
Emissions reduction

Clean Hydrogen

We're expanding our industry-leading emissions-reduction programs across our footprint, including hydrogen blending at our natural gas utilities and other potential innovative uses of the clean-burning gas.


Hydrogen: The Next Frontier of Clean Energy
RNG

Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)

We’re investing in RNG, which is pipeline-quality gas produced from existing waste streams and a variety of renewable and sustainable biomass sources, including farms, landfills, and food waste. Dominion Energy has created two of the largest RNG programs in the country, partnering with Smithfield Foods to create Align RNG, and with Vanguard Renewables and the Dairy Farmers of America. 

More About RNG
Energy Storage

Energy Storage

We're expanding our energy storage to support the integration of wind and solar generation. 


Storage Projects
Energy efficiency


Energy Efficiency

We offer programs and energy-saving tips to help customers reduce energy in both our electric and natural gas businesses.

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Find Ways to Save Energy
Innovation

 

Innovation and Energy Infrastructure Modernization

We're finding ways to save energy and reduce carbon and methane emissions by exploring and leveraging technology, such as Zevac, which reduces emissions from our natural gas systems.

Learn More About ZEVAC

How You Can Help

What our customers can do to help move toward Net Zero

Conserving energy reduces emissions. Participate in one or more of the programs listed below and lower your energy consumption. Find more ways to save energy on our website

More Information About Our Efforts Toward Net Zero

Over the long term, Dominion Energy's ability to achieve net zero emissions will require supportive legislative and regulatory policies, advancements in technology, and broader investments across the economy.

Through pilot programs, we will pursue technological solutions such as large-scale battery storage and hydrogen blending. Other potential technology pilots could include carbon capture and storage and advanced, small modular reactors, if and when they become technologically and economically feasible. 

Innovation is a key component of our Net Zero strategy.

We are investing in large-scale battery storage and hydrogen, and we are exploring other advanced technology innovations like advanced nuclear technology, and carbon-capture technology. We are rapidly building out our renewable-generation portfolio. At the same time, we are upgrading the electric grid in Virginia with smart meters, a customer-information platform, intelligent grid devices and associated control systems, physical and cyber-security investments, strategic undergrounding, and energy-conservation programs.

We also are using advanced technology to upgrade our gas distribution networks. In addition to replacing large sections of our distribution networks, we are using zero-emission vacuum and compression (ZEVAC) devices to reduce emissions from gas infrastructure during maintenance.

Natural gas is an essential part of our long-term vision for the company, and its continued use is consistent with our Net Zero commitments. Natural gas offers a cleaner footprint compared with other heating fuels. It also plays a critical role in maintaining the reliability that is so important to our customers. Natural gas enables us to add intermittent renewable generation while ensuring that power generation is always sufficient to meet customer demand. 

In recent years, Dominion Energy has increased reliability while adding zero-carbon and low-carbon resources. In 2021, excluding major storms, Dominion Energy South Carolina’s customers went without power for less than 75 minutes — 13 fewer minutes than the year before. Our Virginia and North Carolina customers went without power for roughly 132 minutes — 8 minutes less than in 2020, and a 17-minute improvement over 2019. We know reliability is extremely important to our customers, and we expect to continue improving reliability as we move into the clean-energy future.

Diversifying our energy portfolio enables us to provide our customers with cleaner options, more choices, and lower bills, while protecting the power supply from potential disruption. Maintaining a diverse array of generation sources helps ensure reliability by avoiding overreliance on any given source of power and helps maintain affordability by insulating the company and our customers against price shocks for a particular fuel source or generation component.

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