Northam Presses Dominion on Energy Efficiency

Mar 26, 2019

Credit Don Rush

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is pressing the CEO of the state's largest electric utility to "fully act" on a commitment it made last year to spend $870 million on energy efficiency programs.

Northam sent a letter Friday to Dominion Energy CEO Tom Farrell asking him to clarify that the company plans to spend the full amount.

Dominion is asking state regulators to include any lost revenue related to decreased electric usage as part of the $870 million. That would effectively reduce what the company spends on energy efficiency programs by hundreds of millions of dollars.

Critics say Dominion is breaking a deal it made last year.

Dominion spokesman Rayhan Daudani says the company did not have an immediate response to the governor's letter.