Virginia state Sen. J. “Chap” Petersen is challenging Dominion Virginia Power over the outsized influence he says it has with policymakers and a controversial provision of a law that became effective in 2015.
A national energy marketer offering electricity and natural gas in 10 states and the District of Columbia is trying to pry open monopoly service territory of Dominion Virginia Power.
Following the dismissal of a bill in the legislature, a controversy over who sets and reviews rates for Virginia’s utilities moves to the state Supreme Court.
A utility in southwest Virginia, is proposing to make renewable energy available to its ratepayers, but critics say the rate is prohibitively expensive.
The Georgia Court of Appeals has revived a long-running ratepayer lawsuit against Georgia Power over costs the utility wants to include in its rates to help pay for two nuclear reactors and power plant upgrades.
Activists who believe Virginia’s dominant utility has too much sway over energy policy and utility rates often point to the lack of a dedicated state consumer advocate as part of the problem.
The rates and other charges customers of Virginia utilities pay could be framed by a closely-watched legal case experts say is headed for the state’s Supreme Court.