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RICHMOND – The State Corporation Commission (SCC) is offering time for members of the public to give oral comments by telephone on an application by Dominion Energy Virginia to increase its fuel factor for usage on and after July 1, 2022.

Dominion's application requests approval to recover the company's estimated Virginia jurisdictional fuel expenses of approximately $2.278 billion for the July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023, fuel year, and its projected June 30, 2022, fuel deferral balance of $1.020 billion, subject to its mitigation proposal.

The company presents two potential mitigation proposals that would spread recovery of the $1.020 billion projected fuel deferral balance over two or three years, respectively.

For a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month, the average weighted monthly bill would increase under the three alternative recovery proposals as follows: (1) increase $24.12 from $122.01 to $146.13, or by 19.8%, based on the full recovery of the deferral balance; (2) increase $17.23 to $139.24, or by 14.1%, based on recovery of the deferral balance over two years; and (3) increase $14.93 to $136.94, or by 12.2%, based on recovery of the deferral balance over three years. The company requests the Commission approve its three-year mitigation proposal.

The SCC has scheduled a public witness session to begin at 10 a.m. on July 6, 2022. Public witnesses intending to provide oral testimony must pre-register with the SCC by 5 p.m. on June 30, 2022. Witnesses will be called by the hearing examiner assigned to the case on July 6 in the order in which they registered. Public comments will be limited to five minutes per caller. The hearing will be webcast at: scc.virginia.gov/pages/Webcasting.

Public witnesses wishing to provide oral testimony may pre-register in one of three ways:

  • Completing a public witness form for case number PUR-2022-00064 on the SCC’s website at: scc.virginia.gov/pages/Webcasting
  • E-mailing the same form (PDF version on the same website as above) to SCCInfo@scc.virginia.gov
  • Calling the SCC at 804-371-9141 during normal business hours (8:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and providing your name and the phone number you wish the Commission to call to reach you during the hearing.

A public evidentiary hearing will follow the public witness hearing at 10 a.m. on July 7, 2022, in the SCC’s second floor courtroom at 1300 East Main Street in Richmond to receive testimony and evidence from the company, any respondents and the SCC staff.

For those who prefer, there is also an opportunity to provide comments in writing on the Dominion application. Written comments may be submitted through the SCC’s website by June 30, 2022, at scc.virginia.gov/casecomments/Submit-Public-Comments. Simply go to the SCC website, select "Cases" and then "Submit Public Comments," and scroll down to case number PUR-2022-00064. Then click SUBMIT COMMENTS.

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Contact: Andy Farmer, 804-371-9141

Case Number PUR-2022-00064 – Dominion Energy Virginia application to revise its fuel factor

RICHMOND – Mandatory 10-digit dialing (3-digit area code + the 7-digit telephone number) begins May 14, 2022 for Virginians living in the 540 area code region. Local calls made with just seven digits will not be connected. This is the second step in a June 2020 relief plan approved by the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to phase in the new 826 area code. Permissive 10-digit dialing for the 540 area code region began November 13, 2021.

The 540 area code encompasses the northwestern and southwestern portions of Virginia; some of the larger cities include Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Front Royal, Harrisonburg, Radford, Roanoke, Salem, Staunton, Waynesboro and Winchester.

In the coming months, the inventory of available phone numbers with "540" as the area code is expected to run out. The SCC approved an overlay, which is the addition of another area code (826) to the same geographic region served by an existing area code (540). Beginning June 14, 2022, new telephone lines or services may be assigned numbers using the new 826 area code.

The good news: residents and businesses that already have phone numbers will get to keep them. No one’s 540 phone number will change.

Alarm, security, and elevator services and equipment currently located in the 540 area code and programmed to dial only seven digits must be updated or reprogrammed to dial the area code + telephone number for all calls in the 540 area code.

For more information on this topic, visit: scc.virginia.gov/pages/540-Area-Code-Exhaust-Relief.

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Contact: Ford Carson, 804-371-9141

RICHMOND – Mandatory 10-digit dialing (3-digit area code + the 7-digit telephone number) begins April 9, 2022 for Virginians living in the 757 area code region. Local calls made with just seven digits will not be connected. This is the second step in a February 2020 relief plan approved by the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to phase in the new 948 area code. Permissive 10-digit dialing for the 757 area code region began September 11, 2021.

The 757 area code encompasses the vast majority of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area including Williamsburg, Franklin and Suffolk in the west, and Virginia Beach, Norfolk and the Eastern Shore to the east.

In the coming months, the inventory of available phone numbers with "757" as the area code is expected to run out. The SCC approved an overlay, which is the addition of another area code (948) to the same geographic region served by an existing area code (757). Beginning May 9, 2022, new telephone lines or services may be assigned numbers using the new 948 area code.

The good news: residents and businesses that already have phone numbers will get to keep them. No one’s 757 phone number will change.

Alarm, security, and elevator services and equipment currently located in the 757 area code and programmed to dial only seven digits must be updated or reprogrammed to dial the area code + telephone number for all calls in the 757 area code.

For more information on this topic, see: scc.virginia.gov/pages/757-Area-Code-Exhaust-Relief-FAQ.

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Contact: Ford Carson, 804-371-9141

RICHMOND — April is National Safe Digging Month, and the State Corporation Commission’s Division of Utility and Railroad Safety (URS) reminds all Virginians to Know What’s Below and Dig with C.A.R.E. to help keep Virginia’s underground utility infrastructure damage-free and our communities, business districts and environment safe.

The steps to safe digging in Virginia are:

  • Contact Virginia 811 before you dig.
  • Allow the required time for marking the utilities.
  • Respect and protect the marks.
  • Excavate carefully.
     

Whether you’re a professional contractor, do-it-yourselfer or homeowner, you have an important role in preventing damage to underground utilities. No matter how big or small your project is, contacting the Virginia 811 Notification Center to request the marking of your underground utility lines before you dig will help avoid physical injury, property damage, costly repairs and service interruptions.

Contact Virginia 811 by going online at www.va811.com. You may also call 811 or 1-800-552-7001 Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding legal state and national holidays. Emergency notification service is available 24/7, 365 days a year.

For more information about safe digging and demolition, contact URS at 804-371-9980 or visit the SCC Damage Prevention page at scc.virginia.gov/pages/Damage-Prevention.

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Contact: Katha Treanor, 804-371-9141

RICHMOND– The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has approved Dominion Energy Virginia’s Phase II of its plan for electric distribution grid transformation projects that the company seeks to deploy in 2022 and 2023.

In its petition, the company proposed projects that focus on grid reliability and are designed to accommodate or facilitate the expected increase in distributed energy resources resulting from recent policy developments, including the Virginia Clean Economy Act and FERC Order 2222.

After consideration of the case record, the Commission approved many of the Phase II projects subject to certain requirements, including cost caps. Among other projects, the Commission approved the company's Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) proposal, which it had previously denied. The Commission's approval was based on several factors, including that the company provided a timeline for system-wide implementation of time-varying rates and now has an active experimental time-of-use rate, which requires AMI.

The Commission also approved a pilot-like proposal for two previously denied grid technologies projects: intelligent grid devices and fault location, isolation and service restoration. The Commission found these projects are targeted at feeder segments with below-average reliability.

The Commission also directed the company to take certain specific actions in implementing the approved Phase II projects and in filing its next petition. The Commission stated the company should continue to perform a robust cost-benefit analysis going forward. The company should also include a more thorough projection of distributed energy resources penetrations and anticipated reliability impacts.

The Phase II projects are grouped into several categories of related elements with associated costs:

  • Advanced Metering Infrastructure, including deployment of approximately 1.1 million smart meters and associated infrastructure - $198.3 million
  • The continued development of a customer information platform - $203.9 million
  • Grid infrastructure, which comprises targeted corridor improvements and voltage island mitigation - $27.7 million
  • Multiple grid technologies - $194.42 million
  • Telecommunications - $102 million
  • Cyber security - $9.3 million
  • Physical security - $37.5 million
  • Customer education - $3 million

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Contact: Andy Farmer, 804-371-9141

Case Number PUR-2021-00127 – Dominion Energy Virginia for approval of Grid Transformation Plan
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RICHMOND – The State Corporation Commission has determined that Chickahominy Pipeline, LLC is a public utility. The finding means SCC approval is necessary before the company can construct and operate an 83-mile natural gas transmission line across several Central Virginia counties.

In its final order, the Commission adopted the recommendations of an SCC hearing examiner in a report filed on November 15. The recommendation included denying the company’s petition for a declaratory judgment.

Chickahominy Pipeline filed a petition on September 3, 2021, arguing that it is not a public utility because it is transporting but not selling natural gas to its own affiliated company, Chickahominy Power. That company intends to build a gas-fired, electric generation facility in Charles City County approved by the SCC in May 2018 (SCC case PUR-2017-00033).

Chickahominy Pipeline plans to interconnect with an existing interstate natural gas pipeline in in Louisa County. Gas purchased from a wholesale supplier would then be transported by the line through Louisa, Hanover, Henrico and New Kent Counties before reaching the Charles City power plant site.

The Commission agreed that the pipeline company will own and operate a facility through which natural gas will be sold and used for the purpose of heat, light or power [Virginia Code Section 56-265.1 (b)]. Thus, a certificate of public convenience and necessity is required before constructing facilities for use in public utility service.

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Contact: Ken Schrad, 804-371-9858

Case Number: PUR-2021-00211
View Final Order - PUR-2021-00211

RICHMOND – The State Corporation Commission (SCC) is offering time for members of the public to give oral comments by telephone on an application by Dominion Energy Virginia to construct an offshore wind generation facility off the coast of Virginia Beach and interconnected by transmission lines to the Commonwealth. The project is called the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Commercial Project.

The offshore wind generation facilities would consist of 176 14.7-megawatt wind turbine generators located in a federal lease area beginning approximately 27 statute miles (approximately 24 nautical miles) off the coast. Generated electricity would be transported onshore to a cable landing location at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, then by transmission lines to the Harpers Switching Station at the Naval Air Station Oceana. The estimated cost of the project is approximately $9.8 billion.

The SCC has scheduled a public witness session to begin at 10 a.m. on May 16, 2022, to consider the offshore wind project application. Public witnesses intending to provide oral testimony must pre-register with the SCC by 5 p.m. on May 12, 2022. Witnesses will be called by SCC staff on May 16 in the order in which they registered. Testimony will be limited to five minutes per caller. The hearing will be webcast at: scc.virginia.gov/pages/Webcasting.

Public witnesses wishing to provide oral testimony may pre-register in one of three ways:

  • Completing a public witness form for case number PUR-2021-00142 on the SCC’s website at: scc.virginia.gov/pages/Webcasting
  • E-mailing the same form (PDF version on the same website as above) to SCCInfo@scc.virginia.gov
  • Calling the SCC at 804-371-9141 during normal business hours (8:15 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and providing their name and the phone number you wish the Commission to call to reach you during the hearing.

A public evidentiary hearing will follow the public witness hearing at 9 a.m. on May 17, 2022, either in the SCC’s second floor courtroom at 1300 East Main Street in Richmond or by electronic means to receive testimony and evidence from the company, any respondents, and the SCC staff.

For those who prefer, there is also an opportunity to provide comments in writing on the offshore wind project application. Written comments may be submitted through the SCC’s website by May 16, 2022, at scc.virginia.gov/casecomments/Submit-Public-Comments. Simply go to the SCC website, select "Cases" and then "Submit Public Comments," and scroll down to case number PUR-2021-00142. Then click SUBMIT COMMENTS.

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Contact: Andy Farmer, 804-371-9141

Case Number PUR-2021-00142 – Dominion Energy Virginia for approval and certification of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Commercial Project

 

RICHMOND – As early as January 1, mobile carriers may begin shutting down their 3G networks, making many older cell phones unable to receive calls and texts – including calls to 911 – or use data services. As such, the State Corporation Commission (SCC) encourages Virginians to begin preparing for 3G retirement now.

Mobile carriers are dropping 3G to make room for more advanced network services, including 5G. In addition to 3G mobile phones and certain older 4G mobile phones that do not support Voice over LTE (VoLTE or HD Voice), this update will affect other products using 3G network services, including certain medical devices, tablets, smart watches, vehicle SOS services, and home security systems.

  • AT&T announced that it will finish shutting down its 3G network by February 2022.
  • Verizon announced that will finish shutting down its 3G network by December 31, 2022.
  • T-Mobile announced that it will finish shutting down Sprint's 3G CDMA network by March 31, 2022 and Sprint's 4G LTE network by June 30, 2022. It also announced it will shut down T-Mobile's 3G UMTS network by July 1, 2022 but has not yet announced a shutdown date for its 2G network.

Keep in mind that – even if your carrier is not listed above – you may still be affected. Many carriers, such as Cricket, Boost, Straight Talk and several Lifeline mobile service providers utilize AT&T's, Verizon's and T-Mobile's networks.

Some carrier websites provide lists of devices that will no longer be supported after 3G networks are shut down. You may need to upgrade to a newer device to ensure that you can stay connected, and carriers may be offering discounted or free upgrades to help consumers who need to upgrade their phones.

If unsure about the status of your device, contact your mobile provider or consult your provider's website for more information about their 3G retirement plan. If you purchased your phone independent of a mobile provider, you should be able to check whether your device is 4G LTE enabled (with VoLTE or HD Voice) by checking your phone's settings or user manual, or by searching your phone's model number on the internet, to determine whether you need to purchase a new device or install a software update.

In addition, although they do not cover the cost of new devices, other FCC programs may be able to assist eligible consumers with the cost of phone or internet services:

  • The FCC's Lifeline program may be able to assist eligible consumers in getting connected to phone and internet services. The program provides a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family and emergency services.
  • In addition, the FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit Program provides a temporary discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Contact: Ford Carson, 804-371-9141

RICHMOND – The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has approved a settlement in a triennial financial review of Dominion Energy Virginia’s base rates, terms and conditions for the provision of generation, distribution and transmission services. No case parties opposed the settlement.

Through its order, the Commission approved customer refunds totaling $330 million and the statutory maximum annual rate reduction of $50 million. For a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per month, this rate reduction will result in a decrease of approximately 90 cents per month beginning within 60 days of the SCC final order.

In addition, a residential customer using 1,000 kWh per month will receive refunds totaling approximately $67 over the 2022-2023 period.

As part of the settlement, the Commission approved the term of the stipulation authorizing a rate of return on common equity (ROE) for Dominion of 9.35 percent. This ROE will be used for rate adjustment clauses and for Dominion’s next triennial review.

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Contact: Andy Farmer, 804-371-9141

Case Number PUR-2021-00058 – Dominion Energy Virginia for a 2021 triennial review of the rates, terms and conditions for provision of generation, distribution and transmission services

RICHMOND – Starting November 13, 2021, permissive 10-digit dialing will begin for Virginians living in the 540 area code region. This is the first step in a June 2020 relief plan approved by the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to phase in the new 826 area code. During the next six months, local calls can be made with either 7 or 10 digits, and all calls that are local will continue to be local even though you dial 10 digits.

The 540 area code encompasses the northwestern and southwestern portions of Virginia; some of the larger cities include Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Front Royal, Harrisonburg, Radford, Roanoke, Salem, Staunton, Waynesboro and Winchester.

In the coming months, the inventory of available phone numbers with "540" as the area code is expected to run out. The SCC approved an overlay, which is the addition of another area code (826) to the same geographic region served by an existing area code (540). Beginning June 14, 2022, new telephone lines or services may be assigned numbers using the new 826 area code.

The good news: residents and businesses that already have phone numbers will get to keep them. No one’s 540 phone number will change.

And what do you need to do? Very little. Just start practicing dialing phone numbers using all 10 digits because, beginning May 14, 2022, local calls made in the 540 area code won't be connected if just 7 digits are dialed. You must use 10 digits (3-digit area code + the 7-digit telephone number) as of next May 14. One thing people can do to prepare for the switch is to update their cell phone contacts now, so that phone numbers they call regularly already will have the area code attached.

For more information on this topic, see: scc.virginia.gov/pages/540-Area-Code-Exhaust-Relief.

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Contact: Ford Carson, 804-371-9141

Case Number PUR-2019-00148 - Ex Parte: In the matter of the Commission’s investigation into exhaust relief for the 540 area code

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