Press Room

November 6, 2019

Statement from VERC on Virginia election

“We congratulate all the candidates for the Virginia General Assembly who inspired voters in the Commonwealth and secured the trust of the people in their districts to win election this week. With that honor now comes the responsibility to act in the public trust for all Virginians, and paramount to that is replacing the current monopoly structure that electric utilities have abused for too long with one that is fair for families and businesses.

“The members of the Virginia Energy Reform Coalition stand ready and willing to work with each and every legislator to establish an electricity system that increases competition for energy providers, lowers electric bills for consumers, protects the environment, empowers communities and customers, and provides reliable electricity 24/7 through innovative regulatory approaches and technology.”

Coalition members are promoting reforms that, among other things:

  • Establish a well-designed, competitive retail electricity market
  • Implement performance-based regulation
  • Establish a low-income bill assistance and weatherization program
  • Implement an “all-cost-effective” energy efficiency standard
  • Ensure additional consumer protections and education
  • Establish an independent grid operator

CONTACTS:

Cat McCue, Appalachian Voices, 434-293-6373, [email protected]
Cassady Craighill, Clean Virginia, 828-817-3328, [email protected]

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Virginia Energy Reform Coalition: A coalition of ideologically diverse organizations advocating together for a 21st-century electricity system that lowers prices, increases consumer choices and clean energy competition, and protects the environment while reliably serving all Virginians.

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Articles About VERC:

RTO Insider: Stalled Pipeline Overshadows Dominion’s OSW Project (September 2019)

Utility Dive: Virginia Gov. Northam orders 100% carbon-free power by 2050 (September 2019)

Richmond Times-Dispatch Opinion Editorial from VERC member Virginia Poverty Law Center: Dominion doesn’t need more profits (September 2019)

Washington Post: A coalition is transcending polarization to take on entrenched special interests (July 2019)

The Virginian-Pilot: Charging toward energy reform in Virginia (June 2019)

Washington Post: Coalition of unlikely allies calls on state to break up utilities, deregulate energy (May 2019)

Virginia Mercury: A coalition takes aim at Virginia’s ‘vampire squid:’ How much will it make it squirm? (May 2019)

Richmond Times-Dispatch: New coalition announces effort to spur electricity competition in Virginia (May 2019)

Associated Press: Former attorney general headlines energy reform effort (May 2019)

WVTF: Coalition Wants to Open Virginia’s Energy Market up to Competition (May 2019)

RVA Magazine: Politically Diverse Coalition Pushes Virginia to Create a Free Market for Energy(May 2019)

RTO Insider: Virginia Group Seeks End to Virginia Monopoly (May 2019)

Washington Post: Costco, Walmart and other big retailers try to break Dominion Energy’s grip in Virginia (May 2019)

PV Magazine: Dominion is polling its customers for pro-monopoly arguments (May 2019)

Freedom & Prosperity Radio: Dominion, An Offer You Can’t Refuse (May 2019)

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