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Virginia State Corporation Commission “Still Has Some Teeth Left”; Issues “Stunning Rebuke” to Dominion Energy

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See below (or at this link) for this morning’s “stunning rebuke” – as Clean Virginia puts it (see below) – by the State Corporation Commission (SCC) of Dominion Energy’s “attempts to move forward on vague plans to swell their profit at the expense of Virginians.” As Robert Zullo of the Virginia Mercury explains, this ruling proves that the SCC “still has some teeth left despite the General Assembly’s best efforts.”

Of course, as the SCC stated, environmental groups such as the Sierra Club ARE “supportive of the goals of [Advanced Metering Infrastructure – AMI] technology.” However, “environmental respondents and consumer counsel all oppose Dominion’s AMI proposal as not adequately developed and therefore neither reasonable nor prudent as to costs and benefits.” In the end, the SCC found that:

“…we agree that smart meters and other grid enhancements hold the promise for a true transformation of the grid and for the more efficient consumption of electricity, but spending billions of dollars of customers’ money on full deployment is reasonable and prudent only if the expenditure is accompanied by a sound and well-crafted plan to fulfill the promise that smart meter technology and other grid enhancements offer”