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Dominion asks for extension of energy conservation programs

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Richmond-based Dominion Virginia Power is asking regulators for permission to extend two energy conservation programs.

One program, Smart Cooling Rewards, reduces power usage at times of peak demand. The other, the Home Energy Improvement Program, is designed to help low-income families lower their power usage and reduce their monthly electric bills.

Unless extended by the State Corporation Commission, both programs would end on April 30 next year.

Dominion said the Smart Cooling Rewards program has reduced peak demand for electricity by nearly 60 megawatts of power, equal to the output of a small generating station, or the power used by about 15,000 homes.

Under the program, air-conditioning units are cycled off and on for certain hours during periods of high demand for electricity in summertime

Participating customers qualify to receive a $40 incentive after each summer cooling season.

The Home Energy Improvement program provides home audits and repairs for qualifying low-income residents. 

Dominion said the program has helped more than 5,000 families by identifying and installing energy conservation measures, saving about 2.7 million kilowatt-hours of electricity.

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