Client: Consumers Union
June 2017-February 2018
Clinic Director and Senior Economist Liz Stanton, PhD, Researcher Bryndis Woods, and Senior Researcher Rachel Wilson, produced a report that investigates energy efficiency on electric rates and bills of Dominion customers. Dominion Energy Virginia (Dominion) is asking state utility regulators to approve billions of dollars in new spending to increase nuclear and natural gas capacity over the next 10 years in order meet its forecast for future energy demand. These costs would be passed on to consumers in the form of substantially higher utility bills. The Applied Economics Clinic found that by investing in energy efficiency, Dominion customers would enjoy lower rates and bills while future energy demand would be met with fewer than half of the new power plants currently proposed by Dominion.