Last week, Dominion Virginia Power filed a petition for a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) for a 20 megawatt (MW) solar project. The company claims that this project would be Virginia’s first large scale, utility solar generation facility. Along with the filing of the CPCN petition, the company is requesting SCC approval of a rate adjustment clause for the current recovery of the costs of the solar facility and associated interconnection facilities.
If approved, the facility could be online as soon as October 2016. The company has also filed for approval of a 2 MW Community Solar pilot program that would allow Virginia customers the option to purchase electricity from a renewable source directly.
As Virginia renewable energy and utility lawyers, we are closely monitoring this filing and working with entities in the competitive renewable energy sector to assess the impact of this type of utility project on the Virginia and regional markets. We will update this information as this proceeding moves forward at the Virginia SCC.
If you have any questions regarding the recent Dominion filing, or the impacts that it may have on the competitive generation market in Virginia, please do not hesitate to contact one of our renewable energy or utility rate lawyers.