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By Ned Oliver Why you know him: State Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax City, began the year as one of the few voices in the General Assembly to publicly challenge Dominion Energy’s powerful influence on the state legislature. He submitted legislation…

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RICHMOND, Va. – On Tuesday, November 21st, Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) introduced his 2018 consumer protection legislation to restore electric bill refunds. In 2015, the General Assembly passed, and the Governor signed SB 1349, which banned rate review of…

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By Shannon Baker-Branstetter  If you’re a Dominion Energy customer, odds are you’ve been overpaying for electricity and should be given a refund. But you’re unlikely to get that refund any time soon, thanks to a 2015 law that prevents it. …

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Thanks to legislation passed in 2015, Virginia’s two largest investor-owned electric utilities will pocket more than $1 billion in overcharges over the next seven years, according to the State Corporation Commission.  That extra $1 billion will come directly from the…

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By Alan Suderman RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Supreme Court issued a ruling Thursday upholding a state law that has blocked millions of dollars in refunds to electric customers. The court ruled 6-1 that the General Assembly is within…

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By MICHAEL MARTZ AND ROBERT ZULLO  The Supreme Court of Virginia has upheld a hotly disputed state law that suspends regulatory reviews of electric utility rates and, according to reports prepared by state regulators, will allow the state’s large utilities…

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By Alan Suderman RICHMOND, Va. A new report says customers of Virginia’s two largest electric monopolies would be paying lower bills if not for a 2015 law that temporarily blocks state regulators from reviewing and adjusting rates. The State Corporation…

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Friends, Virginians, Citizens of Fairfax As a young man, I spent many formative years in Charlottesville, a charming and historic college town. There I first got involved I politics, working on Bill Clinton’s Presidential campaign in 1992. Like most college…

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By Laura Vozzella and Ovetta Wiggins Maryland can claim a first on Saturday, when it stands ready to pay Planned Parenthood clinics for their services if Congress defunds the organization. Next door in Virginia, the day will bring good news…

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By Michael Pope Ask voters what issues they are concerned about on the campaign trail, and one that comes up again and again is the cost of college debt. Michael Pope reports that’s because of a sharp increase in the…

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s largest regulated electricity monopoly says it overcharged some of its customers for years by not properly reading their meters, but isn’t sure how far back the problem may go. Dominion Energy recently filed a motion…

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One of the few legislators pushing back against Dominion Energy Virginia’s influence over state government said Thursday that he hopes to harness a populist wave against the energy giant to pass major reforms in Virginia. Those include a new ban…

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