Regulatory/Utility Programs

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.


Support of 2019 Utility Programs

  • VAEEC’s Legal Memorandum as part of the 2019 DSM programs filing (March 2019
  • VAEEC’s Direct Testimony on the 2019 Dominion DSM programs filing (February 2019)


VAEEC’s 2018 Virginia Energy Plan Comments

Regulatory, Other

  • 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)
  • SCC Stakeholder Group Framework recommendations (May 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.


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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Apr 18

Virginia efficiency programs due for windfall, but will it be well spent?

(Energy News) Energy efficiency advocates worry regulators will be too conservative when evaluating cost-effectiveness. Virginia energy efficiency programs will get...
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