Dominion Virginia Power will test energy conservation efforts

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by Jessica Sabbath

The State Corporation Commission approved conservation pilot programs Thursday that Dominion Virginia Power plants to use to test customers’ response to energy-saving efforts.

The pilots include 4,550 residential customers in Dominion’s central, eastern and Northern Virginia markets. The pilots will involve 1,000 customers in four different conservation programs, which will include measures such as cycling central heating and air conditioning units during peak-use times, educating customers about their energy use, encouraging the use of programmable thermostats and showing residential customers how they can save energy during peak-use times.

The pilots also include giving free energy audits and efficiency kits to 150 customers, 100 ENERGY Star homes and 50 commercial customers. Also, 250 homes will receive kits that include energy-saving light bulbs.

Another program will test
response to incentives for commercial customers to run their generators
during peak-time use.
The program is part of the state’s push to reduce electricity consumption by 10 percent by 2022. 

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