Utility energy efficiency programs are an integral part of the energy efficiency landscape in Virginia. In the 2016 Virginia Energy Plan update, 98% of the programs measured toward the voluntary 10% energy reduction goal were utility-sponsored programs, highlighting the critically important role they play.
According to Dominion’s 2017 Integrated Resource Plan, energy efficiency programs “are an important part of the company’s portfolio.”
We recommend the following policies to expand utility programs:
- Establish uniform protocols for Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification (EM&V)
- Include the economic benefits of energy efficiency when evaluating programs
- Maintain an effective, data-driven process for evaluating programs
Robust EM&V protocols assure that customers receive the benefits that energy-efficiency programs are designed to deliver, which is why we support, and plan to participate in, the State Corporation Commission’s (SCC) stakeholder process to establish uniform protocols for evaluating and verifying the impacts of energy efficiency measures later this year.
Click below to view VAEEC’s official comments, testimony, and letters that have helped shape Virginia’s utility programs.
VAEEC’s 2018 Virginia Energy Plan Comments
- VAEEC’s final comments on the 2018 Virginia Energy Plan
- A summarized version of the comments can be viewed in this recommendations table
- Executive Director Chelsea Harnish submitted comments on Dominion’s Grid Modification plan. To view them, click here: Grid Mod Filing Comments (Nov 2018)
- Richmond 300, the City of Richmond’s Master Plan, comments (October 2018)
- Virginia Housing Development Authority 2019 Virginia Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Qualified Allocation Plan comments (Sept 2018)
VAEEC Letter to Dominion Energy on Expanded Weatherization Program
- Chelsea Harnish’s letter to Dominion Energy that highlights the list of measures the VAEEC hopes to see included in the new Energy Share Weatherization Services program (June 2018).
Support of 2018 Utility Programs
- VAEEC’s Direct Testimony on the 2018 Dominion low-income program filing (February 2018)
- Official Testimony to the State Corporation Commission on Appalachian Power demand-side management program by VAEEC Executive Directory Chelsea Harnish. (January 2018)
Visit the Utility Programs Archive to view our comments, testimony, letters, press releases, and reports dating back to 2012.
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