Virginia SCC seeking comments in Dominion solar rate case

The State Corporation Commission (SCC) is seeking public comments on a request by Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) to offer a rate option for customers who own solar generation installations. The rate option is one of the components of DVP’s proposed Community Solar Power Program.

According to DVP, the proposed rate program would allow qualifying solar customer-generators to purchase all of their electricity from the company on their current rate schedule and to sell all of their solar generation at a fixed price of 15 cents per kilowatt-hour for a period of five years. DVP would purchase up to three megawatts of energy output from customer-owned solar generation installations.

The company states that the solar purchase program is designed to promote customer-owned distributed solar generation facilities and to offer an alternative to net energy metering.

Written comments or a request for a public hearing on the proposal must be submitted by September 14, 2012. All correspondence should be sent to the Clerk of the State Corporation Commission, Document Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2118, and refer to case number PUE-2012-00064.

Interested persons desiring to submit comments electronically may do so at the SCC’s website: Click on the PUBLIC COMMENTS/NOTICES link and then the SUBMIT COMMENTS button for case number PUE-2012-00064.

The SCC is considering the other component of DVP’s Community Solar Program in case number PUE-2011-00117. In that proposal, DVP seeks to construct and operate up to 30 megawatts of company-owned solar generation facilities at various commercial, industrial, and public locations.



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