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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy says a reduction in fuel rates should save its Virginia customers an average of $6 a month later this year under a new proposal.

The state's largest electricity supplier announced Friday that a proposed fuel rate adjustment would result in roughly a 5 percent reduction in the average residential bill.

Industrial customers would see an even greater rate drop of about 10 percent.  

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has thrown out a permit needed in Virginia by developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

A three-judge panel from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the permit for a natural gas compressor station on Tuesday.

The station has been proposed for Union Hill, an unincorporated community founded by freed slaves after the Civil War.

Opponents say state officials and lead developer Dominion Energy have not carefully considered the station's potential health effects on the community.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Energy has issued a warning about scammers calling people in Virginia and claiming they owe money on their electric bill.

WRIC-TV reported Monday that the callers pretend to work for Dominion Energy.

The callers either demand that a fine be paid or that a Dominion customer pay an outstanding balance on his or her bill. In some cases, the scammers have claimed that customers owe thousands of dollars.

Customers are usually directed to a 1-800 number that is affiliated with Dominion Energy.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Energy wants to build what it says would be the largest offshore wind project in the United States off the Virginia coast.

The company told The Associated Press ahead of a public announcement Thursday that it is seeking regulatory approval to build about 220 wind turbines in federal waters it has already leased 27 miles (43 kilometers) off Virginia Beach.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia regulators have rejected Dominion Energy's request to make its customers pay for long-term upgrades at power plants the company knew had a short working life.

The State Corporation Commission issued a ruling Monday partially denying the state's largest electric utility's request to increase customers' bills to pay for environmental compliance projects at certain power plants.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia regulators are warning of big electric bill increases for customers of the state's largest utility.

The State Corporation Commission gave final approval Thursday to Dominion Energy's roadmap for future capital investments like power stations and grid upgrades. The commission said Dominion's plan met the minimum requirements under state law but "may significantly understate" future customer costs.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia regulators have denied another large retailer's request to buy electricity generated by someone besides Dominion Energy, the state's largest electric monopoly.

The State Corporation Commission issued the denial Thursday. Costco had requested to aggregate its stores' total electric usage to meet the threshold needed under state law in order to buy its energy on the open market.

Costco said Dominion is charging excessive rates and could raise costs even more thanks to a 2018 state law the company helped write.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is headlining a new coalition advocating to "uberize" the state's electric utilities by promoting competition.

Cuccinelli and groups from across the political spectrum announced Tuesday the formation of the Virginia Energy Reform Coalition, including environmental and libertarian-leaning groups.

The new coalition said it wants electric monopolies limited to just controlling transmission and distribution of electricity, and allow competition for the generation of power.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia regulators have approved the first round of what's set to be about $1 billion in new spending on energy efficiency programs designed to reduce the need to produce and distribute electricity.

The State Corporation Commission on Thursday approved 11 new programs costing $226 million requested by Dominion Energy, the state's largest electric utility.

The commission also approved energy efficiency spending by Appalachian Power, the state's second largest electric utility.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Energy has bowed to pressure from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and others and has agreed to spend $870 million on energy efficiency programs over the next decade.

CEO Tom Farrell told Northam of the company's plans in a letter sent Tuesday. Dominion had recently argued before state regulators that its energy efficiency spending should be significantly less.

The $870 million figure was agreed to last year by Dominion and others as part of a part of a major overhaul of energy regulations.

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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.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's largest electric utility is defending its plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars less on energy efficiency than what top officials say they agreed to last year in a sweeping overhaul of electric regulation.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has denied a request to reconsider a ruling throwing out a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected a request from lead pipeline developer Dominion Energy and the U.S. Forest Service to hold a full-court rehearing.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Embattled Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is compared himself to Jim Crow-era lynching victims as he resists widespread calls to resign, prompted by allegations of sexual assault.

In a surprise speech Sunday in the state Senate at end of the 2019 legislative session, Fairfax denied the allegations and said the truth is on his side.

He mentioned legislation that the General Assembly passed expressing "profound regret" for lynchings in Virginia between 1877 and 1950. Fairfax, who is black, said his opponents were "willing to do the same thing."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Energy says it plans to cut methane emissions from its natural gas infrastructure by 50 percent over the next decade based on 2010 levels.

Dominion announced Tuesday that the initiative will prevent more than 430,000 metric tons of methane from entering the atmosphere. The company says over the last decade it has prevented more than 180,000 metric tons of methane from entering the atmosphere. It says the effort builds on a 50 percent carbon emissions cut across its electric fleet since 2000.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Legislation that could pose a serious threat to the bottom line of Dominion Energy's planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline continues to advance in the Virginia General Assembly.

The bill passed a key House committee Thursday with bipartisan support despite heavy lobbying by Dominion.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A little-noticed piece of legislation advancing through the Virginia General Assembly could pose a serious threat to Dominion Energy's planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The bill would add new restrictions on Dominion's ability to pass along costs of transporting gas from the ACP to its Virginia-based power stations. That could pinch the bottom line of a project whose costs have already ballooned in the face of fierce opposition from environmentalists and land owners.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's attorney general has announced that he will no longer take campaign contributions from state-regulated monopolies or their key executives and lobbyists ahead of his run for governor.

Mark Herring told the blog Blue Virginia on Monday that he decided to stop taking contributions from entities like Dominion Energy after last year's election "to help restore the public's trust" in government.

According to the Virginia Public Access Project , Herring accepted $134,500 between 2006 and 2017 for his campaigns for state Senate and attorney general.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia has picked a consultant to help boost its chances of becoming the east coast hub of the offshore wind industry.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday that the state Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy had picked BVG Associates as its advisor. The company is tasked with developing a plan to make Virginia more attractive to the offshore wind supply chain and service industries.

Virginia is one of several east coast states interested in becoming the manufacturing base of the burgeoning offshore wind industry.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Energy is reporting a recent 10-fold increase in spending aimed at influencing Virginia politicians. That spending came as the utility was pushing for a new law that could lead to higher electric bills.

Newly filed lobbying disclosure forms show Dominion spent more than $1 million on lobbyists, entertainment, meals and communications from May 2017 to the end of April 2018. That's about 10 times what the company said it spent in last year's filing.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's administration says it is looking for advice on how to make the state more attractive to offshore wind power.

Northam's office announced Tuesday that the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy is seeking a contract to provide a strategic plan to make Virginia an east coast hub for the offshore wind energy industry.

Virginia currently doesn't have any offshore turbines.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State regulators are rejecting Dominion Energy's plan to offer 100 percent renewable energy plans to its big customers, saying the electric monopoly's proposal isn't fair or reasonable.

The State Corporation Commission issued a ruling Monday saying Dominion's proposed renewable plan would give the company "extraordinary discretion" in setting prices.

The ruling is a win for third-party energy providers who are hoping to grow their share of business in Virginia.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Energy Virginia's latest long-term power forecast calls for an increase in solar generation as well as the construction of at least eight new natural gas-fired power plants.

Virginia's largest utility laid out its plans Tuesday in a regulatory filing called an integrated resource plan. The plan is intended to show how the company will meet customer needs and comply with regulations over a 15-year span.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Supreme Court has upheld a case that makes it easier for big electric users to shop around for renewable energy.

The court upheld an earlier decision by state regulators allowing large customers to purchase 100 percent renewable energy from an independent producer without restrictions.

Dominion Energy, the state's largest electric utility, had argued that big customers who go elsewhere for power should have to give five years' notice before they could return to the utility.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia House Democrats and a handful of Republicans have forced a change in a proposed utility-backed rewrite of the state's electric regulation laws that could save customers billions.

The House voted Monday to amend the legislation over the objections of allies of Dominion Energy, the state's biggest electric monopoly and the most politically influential company in the state.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new group funded by a prominent Democratic donor is promising financial help to state politicians of either party who reject money from Virginia's largest electric utility.

The Clean Virginia Project said Thursday it will contribute to any sitting state lawmaker who pledges to reject any contributions from Dominion Energy. It's offering $2,500 a year to delegates and $5,000 a year to senators.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- The companies developing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have agreed to spend nearly $58 million to help offset its environmental impact in Virginia.

A memorandum of agreement outlining the payments was signed several weeks ago by then-natural resources secretary Molly Ward and Leslie Hartz, an executive with lead pipeline developer Dominion Energy.

The agreement says the money is to mitigate forest fragmentation and related impacts on water quality from construction of the 600-mile-long pipeline.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Legislation that state regulators say could leave Virginians paying double for large-scale upgrades to the electric grid is advancing in the General Assembly.

A state House panel on Tuesday approved a bill sponsored by Del. Terry Kilgore to overhaul how electric rates are set for Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power customers.

The bill was amended from an earlier version to placate some concerns that the bill was too friendly to electric monopolies.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A coalition of conservation groups has gone to court to challenge federal regulators' decision to approve the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The groups announced Tuesday that they had filed a petition with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond contesting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's decision to permit the approximately 600-mile natural gas pipeline.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Senate panel has rejected a bill that would allow state regulators to order refunds to customers of the state's two largest electric utilities.

The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee voted Monday to kill a bill by Democratic Sen. Chap Petersen that would essentially repeal a 2015 law that temporarily barred state regulators from adjusting certain rates of electric monopolies, even if they made excessive profits.