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Dominion Virginia Power Lowers Fuel Rate


Volume 8 Number 4 Your Opinion Matters


Inspiration and Heartbreak: My Two Days in Haiti


December 2013


Proposed new rate would reduce charges to customers by more than $140 million The Virginia State Corporation


Commission approved a request on Nov. 20, 2013, by Dominion Virginia Power to reduce its fuel rate to Virginia customers.


On Nov. 26, the SCC issued a


final order in the 2011-12 biennial rate case. The company had not requested an increase in its base rates but those rates will be lowered slightly to reflect three discontinued demand-side management programs. The SCC calculated those savings at $7.9 million, or about $1.32 annually for a typical residential customer.


The new, lower fuel rate will


reduce the bill of a typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a month by $3.70, from $112.05 to $108.35, or about 3.3 percent. Customers using larger amounts of electricity will see greater reductions.


The fuel change will take effect


Dec. 1 and bring an estimated $140 million in customer savings.


The fuel charge pays for fuel the


company uses in its power stations to produce electricity, including natural gas, coal and uranium. It is charged on a dollar-for-dollar pass through without any mark-up or profit to the company.


The company made the request


to reduce the fuel rate on Oct. 15 based on lower commodity fuel prices and milder weather that reduced its projected fuel expenses. Dominion Virginia Power spends about $2 billion annually on fuel and related expenses for its Virginia customers.


With the change, Dominion’s


overall electric rates will be at virtually the same level they were more than five years ago, despite major investments by the company in new power stations and electric grid infrastructure to increase reliability and meet growth.


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Virginia Fire Chiefs Association (VFCA) president Steve Cover of Virginia Beach (Left), and second vice president David Layman of Hampton met with Delegate Mamye BaCote on November 12, 2013 in Hampton to discuss fire service issues. Photo by Lynn Cherry-Miller


BY ARNE DUNCAN Several months ago, Vanneur


Pierre, Haitian Minister of National Education and Vocational Training, invited me to visit his country and see firsthand a glimpse into the Haitian education system. Since the devastating earthquake hit in 2010 the U.S. Government has pledged its support as Haiti seeks to rebuild its economy and infrastructure, including its education system. The two days I spent in Haiti were inspiring and heartbreaking. From a school that is educating kids that live on the streets during the day to a hundred children crammed into a 7th grade classroom, the thirst and hunger for learning was incredible.


Along with visiting three


schools, I had the opportunity to join USAID Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein and Senior Advisor for International Education Christie Vilsack to announce a multi-million dollar program in Haiti for USAID’s Room to Learn. This program will help to support equitable access for vulnerable children.


Each school we visited, while


lacking modern amenities was full of an entrepreneurial spirit and will to learn. The school buildings were unlike anything we could imagine in this country. Most were semi-outdoor structures with little or no electricity and stark dusty walls with paint generations old. No fancy gyms, libraries or cafeterias to see, only


YOUR OPINION MATTERS PAGE 11 HRM's Photos of the Month


North Carolina A&T State University Alumni Chapters representing the Tidewater and Williamsburg -Peninsula Chapters participated in a College Fair at the I. C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, VA last month. This event was for all grade levels. Information was introduced to the students and questions were answered regarding admissions and future plans. Seen in photo from left to right are chapter members John Haywood, Maxie Lee, Erica Belton and W. Ross Boone.


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