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Scarier than Trump – The Economic Demise of Journalism

As I read VPAP VANews clips today, I was shocked to see yet more layoffs from local papers around the state-in this case, three...

Dominion Energy’s $1 Billion Ripoff, Part II (2018)

by Glen Besa ALERT: Note that the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee is set to hear and likely kill Chap Petersen's SB 9 ("Electric utility...

Holding Children Hostage for Political Advantage

Just recently, we learned that the Trump administration is blocking a 17-year-old Central American woman from having an abortion, a legal reproductive health procedure which...

Doing the Math: Dominion’s and FERC’s Own Numbers Tell Us the Atlantic Coast Pipeline...

You don’t need to rely on environmentalists’ climate calculations to know the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is carbon budget buster. Just look at the numbers...

Liars, Damn Liars and Dominion-con’t.

Dominion Energy has demonstrated the truth of the old saw: "There are lies, damn lies and statistics." Last May 1st Dominion Energy released its 2017...

Why Ralph Northam Should Oppose the Proposed New Gas Pipelines

by Glen Besa, immediate past director of the Sierra Club's Virginia chapter I’m voting for Ralph Northam for a lot of reasons but not for...

Liars, Damn Liars and Dominion Power

by Glen Besa It's May 1st, not April 1st, but Dominion Power still is attempting to play us for fools with its publicity blitz around...

Tom Farrell and Bob Blue: Dirty Politics and Dirty Dominion Power

Dominion, Virginia’s largest utility, has a state monopoly to provide electricity to much of the Commonwealth, and, overall, it does its job keeping our...

We Are All Americans First: The Failure of Identity Politics

by Glen Besa Throughout the presidential campaign, we heard pundits and pollsters focus on identity politics: Hillary's strength and Trump's relative weakness with the women's...

Come Clean Mr. Blue! What is Dominion trying to hide?

An Open Letter to Robert Blue:

Robert Blue, President
Dominion Virginia Power

Dear Mr. Blue:

On behalf of the Sierra Club and also as a Dominion customer who received your letter regarding SB1349, we are calling on you to fully discuss the financial information required by the State Corporation Commission to analyze Dominion electricity rates, possible overcharges and the costs of implementing the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Dominion's entire justification for SB1349 was that costs of implementing this EPA rule would be high, and that Dominion wanted its shareholders to absorb those costs rather that passing them on to your customers.  As absurd as that argument was and is, the General Assembly passed your legislation on your representation that you would continue to give the SCC full access to Dominion's financial records.  

In your letter, you said, ""Nor would Dominion's books be closed to SCC inspection, as some contend. The base rate review scheduled for this year would go on. Beyond that, we would continue to provide the SCC with full access to our financials."

Additionally, your lobbyist John Rust at the House hearing on SB1349 in responding to a question from Delegate Tom Rust about the audits said  "In terms of the review by the commission, the commission has the authority to do the audit, do the inspection of the books, to get the reports from the utility during this period, but the rates stay frozen during this period."

Now we learn that you want to withhold the financial information that would permit the SCC to evaluate the very claims you asserted to justify passage of SB1349. We find that position unconscionable.

What exactly is Dominion trying to hide. Mr. Blue?  Come clean Mr. Blue and give the SCC full access your books as promised in your letter.

Glen Besa, Director
Sierra Club-Virginia Chapter

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