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Dominion says 50 percent of its electricity in 2013 came from carbon-free sources

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In an online report released Wednesday, Dominion said that 50 percent of the electricity produced by its power stations last year came from carbon-free sources, including nuclear and renewable energy.

In addition, the company said its generation fleet saw a 24 percent reduction in carbon intensity — the carbon emissions rate per unit of electric output — from 2009 to 2013.

These are some of the highlights in the Richmond-based energy company’s seventh annual Citizenship & Sustainability Report. The report also notes these accomplishments for last year:

·   A 33 percent increase in customer participation in Dominion Virginia Power's Green Power program;

•   The addition of more than 200 megawatts of renewable energy capacity — enough to power 50,000 homes;
•   $393 million spent with diverse suppliers;
•   $15 million in charitable gifts from the Dominion Foundation to more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations; and
•   A $500,000 environmental grant program to help preserve wetlands, plant trees, protect natural habitats, and monitor water quality.

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