In Virginia, one of the largest opportunities to expand energy efficiency is through utility-sponsored programs. The Virginia Clean Economy Act of 2020 (VCEA) will pave the way for a carbon-free Virginia by 2045, ensuring investments in energy efficiency, solar, wind, and more. The law mandates 5% energy savings from Dominion Energy and 2% from Appalachian Power Company by 2025, marking Virginia as just the second state in the Southeast to establish a mandatory stand-alone Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS). The VCEA builds upon the Grid Transportation and Security Act of 2018 and presents a huge opportunity to transform our industry in Virginia by fostering economic growth and improving the lives of all Virginians.
Virginia became the first southern state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in 2020. RGGI proceeds will provide the Commonwealth with $50M each year for low-income energy efficiency programs. The VAEEC is currently serving as an advisory group member for the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Housing Innovations in Energy Efficiency (HIEE) Program. The program will use the RGGI proceeds to reduce energy bills for low-income Virginians through residential energy efficiency upgrades.
Click below to view VAEEC’s official comments, testimony, and letters that have helped shape Virginia’s utility programs over the last several years.
Support of 2021 Utility Programs
- The VAEEC plans to intervene in Appalachian Power Company and Dominion Energy’s 2021 Energy DSM program filings.
- In their IX filing, Dominion Energy is proposing 11 new programs for 2021, including nine energy efficiency programs. The hearing and public testimony are scheduled for June 8th. View the VAEEC’s direct testimony (March 2021) in this case.
- The VAEEC is participating in Dominion Energy’s EM&V docket. The hearing is scheduled for May 11th.
- The State Corporation Commission (SCC) will publish the final rules for the Large General Service customer opt-out by June 30th.
Visit the Utility Programs Archive to view our comments, testimony, letters, press releases, and reports dating back to 2012.
March 2019 Webinar: Overview of Dominion Energy’s Demand-Side Management Filings
March 2018 Webinar: Reviewing the Proposed Energy Efficiency Utility Programs
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