Public comments accepted on Dominion rate review
Published 5:32 pm Friday, July 21, 2023
The State Corporation Commission is offering time for the public to give oral comments by telephone on Dominion Energy Virginia’s 2023 biennial review of rates.
In the review, the SCC will analyze the company’s base rates, which account for about half of a customer’s monthly bill, as well as the terms and conditions for the provision of generation, distribution and transmission services.
In its application, Dominion is not proposing any increase or decrease in total base rates for the upcoming rate periods. The company is, among other things, proposing to revise its advanced metering infrastructure or smart meter opt-out policy.
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Under Dominion’s current opt-out policy, qualifying residential customers can opt out of smart meter installation upon request at no expense. Under the revised policy, customers requesting to opt out of AMI installation will be charged a monthly fee of $10.35 to recover labor and administrative costs associated with the monthly meter reading.
Additionally, Dominion seeks approval to increase the basic monthly customer charge for residential customers receiving service under Schedule 1. The company proposed to increase the basic charge from $7.58 to $9.05, effective Jan. 1, 2025.
The SCC has scheduled a public witness session to begin at 10 a.m. Nov. 20. Public witnesses intending to provide oral testimony must pre-register with the SCC by 5 p.m. Nov. 15. 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-2023-00101 on the SCC’s website at: scc.virginia.gov/pages/webcasting
- Emailing 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 name and the phone number for the Commission to call to reach an individual during the hearing
To promote fairness for all public witnesses, each witness will be allotted five minutes to provide testimony.
A public evidentiary hearing will follow the public witness hearing at 10 a.m. Nov. 28, in the SCC’s second floor courtroom at 1300 East Main St., 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 Nov. 20, at scc.virginia.gov/case comments/submit-public-comments. Simply go to the SCC website, select “Cases” and then “submit public comments,” and scroll down to case number PUR-2023-00101. Then click submit comments.
Comments also can be submitted by U.S. mail to the Clerk of the State Corporation Commission, c/o Document Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2118. All comments must refer to case number PUR-2023-00101.