The cost to go green with Dominion Power

By Evrod Cassimy - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you plan to go green, it will cost you. Dominion Virginia Power wants customers to pay up to help protect the environment.

Fifty percent of your payment goes to the development of renewable power facilities. The other 50 percent goes to operational costs. We investigated to find out exactly why and what you're paying for.

For as little as $2 a month you can go green. October is National Energy Awareness Month and Dominion Virginia Power has a way for you to get involved.

"The Green Power Program is a way for customers to contribute to renewable energy and support the environment and do good things for the environment," said Dominion spokesperson, Liz Thomson.

The voluntary charge of 1.5 cents per kilowatt hour is added to your bill to pay for renewable energy certificates. You can also pay a flat rate of $15 a month if you use 1,000 killwatt hours of electricity. While anxious to go green, some customers we spoke to had questions.

"I guess I'd have to think about it," said Dominion customer, Shelley Myers. "I'd have to do a bit more research in terms of what that money was going towards."

"If I knew what they were doing," said customer, Matthew Strange. "If it were spelled out for me."

The $15 charge is broken into 3 parts. $7.50 cents goes to renewable energy certificates. $7 is paid to a contractor to run the program and 50 cents goes to manage it.

"It takes a lot to manage this type of program because it's so new," said Thomson. "So we want to do a lot to promote the program, to educate our customers about it and to make sure it's done in the best way and above possible."

Dominion hopes to have at least 15,000 customers signed up within three years.

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