More than 20,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers now are signed up for the Dominion Green Power program. These residential and business customers are supporting renewable energy produced in Virginia and the surrounding region to match some or all of their energy needs.
Since the program started in 2009, participants have supported more than 6,50,000 MWh of renewable energy. The generation of this green power has prevented the same amount of carbon dioxide from entering the air as removing more than 95,000 average cars from the road for one year, or the equivalent environmental impact of planting 11.7 million trees that grow to maturity, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Participation in the program has grown substantially after hitting the 15,000 participation mark last year at this same time, representing a growth of 33 percent in one year. In September 2013, Dominion Virginia Power was named a 2013 “Green Power Supplier of the Year” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The award recognizes green power suppliers that are leaders in offering voluntary renewable energy to their customers.
The top five cities with the strongest customer participation are Richmond, Alexandria, Arlington, Virginia Beach and Charlottesville.
The Dominion Green Power Program offers customers the option to match their home electricity use with renewable energy by either usage or in fixed monthly amounts.
The fixed option starts at $2 and can be increased in $2 increments. Each $2 block supports 154 kWh of green power. The option based on usage adds 1.3 cents per kWh, with a typical household using 1,000 kWh paying an additional $13 per month on their bill.