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Ask for Shutoff Protections in 2023 Dominion Rate Case!
Virginia is one of only 7 states in the country that does not have protections against utility shutoffs for non-payment during extremely cold or hot weather. Shutoffs endanger people’s health and well-being, especially when it is too cold or too hot! While Dominion is not asking to increase its rates this year, utility customers in Virginia already pay some of the highest electric bills in the nation. And 75% of households spend more than 6% of their monthly income on their energy bills. Households who have their power shutoff for non-payment often must put down a security deposit, pay outstanding bills, late fees and/or penalties and a reconnection charge to have power restored, putting them into further debt.

Ask the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to use its authority to require Dominion to adopt shutoff policies so that:
● No shutoffs occur when the temperature is below 35 degrees Fahrenheit or when the Heat Index is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit
● No shutoffs occur on Fridays, weekends, or holidays, or within 24 hours of when Dominion’s offices will be closed.

1) Sign up to give public testimony!
Deadline: November 15.
On November 20 at 10 a.m., the SCC will hold a telephonic hearing. Anyone can sign up to give up to five minutes of public testimony during the hearing. The SCC will call you from (804) 299-5840. Go to https://scc.virginia.gov/pages/Public-Witness to sign up. You need the SCC case number, PUR-2023-00101.

2) Submit written comments!
Deadline: November 20.
You can provide written comments to the SCC at
https://scc.virginia.gov/casecomments/comment/PUR-2023-00101.

For more information, contact Elisabeth Chaves, Virginia Organizing’s Climate Equity Policy
Fellow at elisabeth@virginia-organizing.org, or call (540) 250-2554.

If you need more information or want to learn more about how to get active in your community, please contact us at info@virginia-organizing.org or 434-984-4655 ext. 227. You can also sign up for email updates and action alerts at http://www.virginia-organizing.org/email-signup.

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