More than 15,000 customers have signed up for DominionVirginia Power's Green Power program and are supporting renewable energy produced in this region to meet some or all of their home's energy needs.
Since the program's inception in 2009, participants have supported more than 480,000 MWh of renewable energy. The generation of this renewable power has prevented the same amount of carbon dioxide from entering the air as removing 65,000 average cars from the road for one year, or the equivalent environmental impact of planting 8,700,000 trees that grow to maturity.
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.
The Dominion Green Power program is certified by the non-profit, third-party organization Green-e Energy, which ensures product quality and customer protection. Renewable energy is purchased in the form of renewable energy certificates from recently built wind, solar and biomass facilities in Virginia and the surrounding region.
In 2011, the program supported more than 26,000 MWh from Virginia facilities alone.
Dominion (NYSE:D) operates a portfolio of about 27,500 MW of generation. Dominion serves retail energy customers in 15 states.