Webb notes concern over Dominion rate increase

Item by Chris Graham

Dominion Virginia Power customers could see increases in their monthly bills in the range of $15 to $20 per month. U.S. Sen. Jim Webb wants to know why.

Webb, D-Va., has written the Virginia State Corporation Commission to inquire into the requested rate increase from Dominion. In a letter dated Wednesday, Webb noted that his office has heard from many Virginia families concerned about the potential rate increase.

“I have concerns regarding the effect these potential increases will have not only on individuals and families, but also on small businesses. Moreover, as you know, high electricity rates disproportionately affect low income families living on fixed incomes. Furthermore, in this time of economic uncertainty, an increase in energy costs could compel individuals and families to choose between putting food on their table and paying their energy bill,” Webb wrote in his letter.

The SCC approved a 4 percent rate increase for Dominion last year. The company is requesting approval for an 18.3 percent rate increase this year.

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