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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC OF RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO
STANDARD (RPS) FILING BY VIRGINIA ELECTRIC AND
POWER COMPANY D/B/A DOMINION
ENERGY VIRGINIA
CASE NO. PUR-2022-00124
• Virginia Electric and Power Company d/b/a Dominion Energy Virginia (“Dominion”)
has submitted its 2022 Renewable Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) filing (“2022 RPS Filing”).
The 2022 RPS Filing includes Dominion’s RPS Development Plan and requests for approval
to construct eight new utility-scale projects and to enter into 13 new power purchase
agreements.
• Dominion requests approval of revised Rider CE with a revenue requirement of $89,154,000
over the rate year beginning May 1, 2023, and concluding April 30, 2024. According to
Dominion, this amount would increase a typical residential customer’s bill using 1,000
kilowatt hours per month by $0.38.
• The State Corporation Commission will hold a telephonic hearing in this case on January 30,
2023, at 10 a.m., for the receipt of public witness testimony.
• The Commission will hold an evidentiary hearing in this case on January 31, 2023, at 10 a.m.
• Further information about this case is available on the SCC website at:
scc.virginia.gov/pages/Case-Information.
During its 2020 Session, the Virginia General Assembly enacted Chapters 1193 (HB 1526) and
1194 (SB 851) of the 2020 Virginia Acts of Assembly. These duplicate Acts of Assembly, known
as the Virginia Clean Economy Act (“VCEA”), became effective on July 1, 2020. The VCEA,
inter alia, establishes a mandatory renewable energy portfolio standard (“RPS”) program (“RPS
Program”) for Virginia Electric and Power Company (“Dominion” or “Company”) in § 56-585.5
of the Code of Virginia (“Code”). Subdivision D 4 of Code § 56-585.5 requires Dominion to
submit annually to the State Corporation Commission (“Commission”) plans and petitions for
approval of new solar and onshore wind generation capacity (“RPS Filing”). The Commission
must determine whether the RPS Filing is reasonable and prudent, giving due consideration to
the following factors: (i) the RPS and carbon dioxide reduction requirements in Code § 56585.5, (ii) the promotion of new renewable generation and energy storage resources within the
Commonwealth, and associated economic development, and (iii) fuel savings projected to be
achieved by the plan.
On October 14, 2022, Dominion submitted its annual RPS Filing to the Commission (“2022
RPS Filing” or “Petition”). The 2022 RPS Filing requests the Commission:
(i) Approve the Company’s annual plan for the development of new solar, onshore wind, and
energy storage resources (“RPS Development Plan”) in connection with the mandatory RPS
Program pursuant to Code § 56-585.5 D 4;
(ii) Grant certificates of public convenience and necessity (“CPCNs”) and approval to construct
and operate 8 utility-scale projects totaling approximately 474 megawatts (“MW”) of solar
and 15.7 MW of energy storage (“CE-3 Projects”) pursuant to Code § 56-580 D;

(iii) Approve to recover through the Rider CE rate adjustment clause (“RAC”) the costs of (a)
the CE-3 Projects and related interconnection facilities and (b) two distributed solar projects,
representing four distributed solar facilities, totaling approximately 6 MW, and related
interconnection facilities (“CE-3 Distributed Solar Projects”) pursuant to Code § 56-585.1 A6;
(iv) Approve an update to Rider CE for recovery of costs associated with solar projects and related
interconnection facilities as approved by the Commission in prior RPS Filing proceedings; and
(v) Make a prudence determination for the Company to enter into 13 power purchase agreements
(“PPAs”) for solar and energy storage resources totaling approximately 270 MW of solar and
49 MW of energy storage (“CE-3 PPAs”) pursuant to Code § 56-585.1:4.
RPS Development Plan
Dominion states that its RPS Development Plan reports on the Company’s progress toward
meeting the solar, onshore wind, and energy storage development targets outlined in the
VCEA and presents the Company’s development plan for solar, onshore wind, and energy
storage facilities through 2035. The 2022 RPS Filing shows that Dominion has a total of 2,616.0
MW of solar and onshore wind as of August 31, 2022 from facilities that are in operation,
under construction, or proposed for approval, including the proposed CE-3 Projects, the CE-3
Distributed Solar Projects, and the CE-3 PPAs. For energy storage, the 2022 RPS Filing shows
the Company has 167.7 MW of energy storage resources in operation, under construction, or
proposed for approval, including the relevant proposed CE-3 Projects and CE-3 PPAs.
The Company’s RPS Development Plan calls for additional investment in solar, onshore wind,
and energy storage through 2035. For example, by 2035, Dominion projects it will have 13,698.6
MW of utility-scale solar and onshore wind resources in operation. Dominion also projects it will
have 2,700 MW of energy storage resources in operation by 2035. The Company states that it
plans to use the renewable energy certificates produced by the projects and PPAs shown in its RPS
Development Plan towards its annual RPS Program requirements.
The Company also provided a consolidated bill analysis calculating the projected monthly
bill through 2035 for residential, small general service, and large general service customers for
each alternative plan presented in the Company’s 2022 Integrated Resource Plan Update. For
Alternative Plan B, for example, the Company projects the monthly bill of a Virginia residential
customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours (“kWh”) per month to be $213.36 by 2035, an increase of
$97.18 over the May 1, 2020 level of $116.18, using the methodology approved by the Commission
in Case No. PUR-2020-00134. The Company’s bill projections are not final and all customer rates
are subject to regulatory approval.
The Company also presents its 2021 RPS Program Compliance Report in the Petition, certifying
compliance with the RPS Program for compliance year 2021.
CE-3 Projects
The Company seeks CPCNs and approval to construct and operate the CE-3 Projects, which
consist of seven utility-scale solar generating facilities totaling approximately 474 MW (“CE-3
Solar Projects”), and one stand-alone energy storage resource totaling approximately 15.7 MW
(“CE-3 Storage Project”). The name, size, locality, interconnection and projected commercial
operation date (“COD”) for each of the CE-3 Projects is provided below:
Project

Size
(MWac)

Bridleton
Cerulean
Courthouse
Kings Creek
Moon Corner
North Ridge
Southern Virginia

20.0
62.0
167.0
20.0
60.0
20.0
125.0

Shands

15.7

Locality

Interconnection

COD

Henrico County
Richmond County
Charlotte County
York County
Richmond County
Powhatan County
Pittsylvania County
Utility-Scale Storage

Distribution
Transmission
Transmission
Distribution
Transmission
Distribution
Transmission

2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2024

Sussex County

Distribution

2025

Utility-Scale Solar

The Company asserts that the CE-3 Projects are needed to comply with the VCEA and to
serve customers’ capacity and energy needs. According to the Company, the total estimated
costs for the CE-3 Solar Projects are approximately $1.187 billion, excluding financing costs, or
approximately $2,505 per kilowatt (“kW”) at the total 474 MW (nominal AC) rating. Dominion
further states that the total estimated cost for the CE-3 Storage Project is approximately $57.6
million, excluding financing costs, or approximately $3,669 per kW.
The Company further states that the federal Inflation Reduction Act, which was effective
August 16, 2022, includes various climate and energy provisions expected to have a positive
economic impact on the CE-3 Projects and the CE-3 Distributed Solar Projects in the form of
federal tax credits. The Company states it “is actively reviewing the provisions of the Inflation
Reduction Act and will provide additional information as this case proceeds when appropriate.”
Rider CE
Dominion asks the Commission to approve revised Rider CE for the rate year beginning May
1, 2023, and ending April 30, 2024 (“Rate Year”). Pursuant to Code § 56-585.1 A6, the
Company seeks approval to recover through Rider CE the costs of the CE-3 Projects and C-E3
Distributed Solar Projects and the related distribution and transmission interconnection facilities,
as well as costs associated with solar projects and related interconnection facilities that were
previously approved by the Commission in prior RPS Filings.
As to the CE-3 Distributed Solar Projects, these projects consist of two distributed solar
projects, representing four distributed solar facilities, totaling approximately 6 MW, and related
interconnection facilities. The Company asserts that the CE-3 Distributed Solar Projects
are needed to comply with the VCEA and to serve customers’ capacity and energy needs.
According to the Company, the total estimated costs for the CE-3 Distributed Solar Projects are
approximately $28.7 million, excluding financing costs, or approximately $4,775 per kW at the
total 6 MW (nominal AC) rating.
The Company is requesting a total revenue requirement of $89,154,000 in Rider CE for service
rendered during the Rate Year. If the proposed total revenue requirement for the Rate Year is
approved, the impact on customer bills would depend on the customer’s rate schedule and usage.
According to Dominion, implementation of its revised Rider CE on May 1, 2023, would increase
the bill of a residential customer using 1,000 kWh per month by approximately $0.38.

CE-3 PPAs Prudence Determination
In its 2022 RPS Filing, Dominion also seeks a prudence determination for the CE-3 PPAs
pursuant to Code § 56-585.1:4 H. The CE-3 PPAs consist of: (i) five PPAs for utility-scale solar
generating facilities totaling approximately 254 MW; (ii) two PPAs for stand-alone energy storage
resources totaling approximately 49 MW, and (iii) six PPAs for distributed solar generating
facilities totaling approximately 16 MW.
Dominion asserts that the CE-3 PPAs are needed to comply with the VCEA and to serve
customers’ capacity and energy needs. The Company states that it intends to recover the costs of
the CE-3 PPAs through Rider PPA, which is one of the rate recovery mechanisms included in the
overarching cost recovery framework that was approved by the Commission in Case No. PUR2020-00134.
Interested persons are encouraged to review the Company’s Petition and supporting documents
for the details about these and other proposals.
TAKE NOTICE that the Commission may apportion revenues among customer classes and/or
design rates in a manner differing from that shown in the Petition and supporting documents and
thus may adopt rates that differ from those appearing in the Company’s Petition and supporting
documents.
The Commission has taken judicial notice of the ongoing public health issues related to the
spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19. In accordance therewith, all pleadings, briefs or other
documents required to be served in this matter shall be submitted electronically to the extent
authorized by 5 VAC 5-20-150, Copies and format, of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and
Procedure (“Rules of Practice”). Confidential and Extraordinarily Sensitive Information shall not
be submitted electronically and should comply with 5 VAC 5-20-170, Confidential information,
of the Rules of Practice. Any person seeking to hand deliver and physically file or submit any
pleading or other document shall contact the Clerk’s Office Document Control Center at (804)
371-9838 to arrange the delivery.
Pursuant to 5 VAC 5-20-140, Filing and service, of the Commission’s Rules of Practice, the
Commission has directed that service on parties and the Commission’s Staff in this matter shall be
accomplished by electronic means. Please refer to the Commission’s Order for Notice and Hearing
for further instructions concerning Confidential or Extraordinarily Sensitive Information.
The Commission entered an Order for Notice and Hearing that, among other things, scheduled
public hearings on Dominion’s Petition. On January 30, 2023, at 10 a.m., the Commission will
hold a telephonic hearing, with no witness present in the Commission’s courtroom, for the purpose
of receiving the testimony of public witnesses. On or before January 24, 2023, any person desiring
to offer testimony as a public witness shall provide to the Commission (a) your name, and (b)
the telephone number that you wish the Commission to call during the hearing to receive your
testimony. This information may be provided to the Commission in three ways: (i) by filling out a
form on the Commission’s website at scc.virginia.gov/pages/Webcasting; (ii) by completing and
emailing the PDF version of this form to [email protected]; or (iii) by calling (804) 3719141. This public witness hearing will be webcast at scc.virginia.gov/pages/Webcasting.
On January 31, 2023, at 10 a.m., in the Commission’s second floor courtroom located in the
Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, the Commission will convene
a hearing to receive testimony and evidence related to the 2022 RPS Filing from the Company, any
respondents, and the Commission’s Staff.
Electronic copies of the public version of the Petition may be obtained by submitting a written
request to counsel for the Company, Elaine S. Ryan, Esquire, McGuireWoods LLP, Gateway Plaza,
800 East Canal Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, or [email protected]

On or before January 18, 2023, any interested person may file comments on the Petition
electronically by following the instructions on the Commission’s website:
scc.virginia.gov/casecomments/Submit-Public-Comments. Those unable, as a practical matter,
to submit comments electronically may file such comments by U.S. mail to the Clerk of the State
Corporation Commission, c/o Document Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia
232182118. All comments shall refer to Case No. PUR-2022-00124.
On or before December 7, 2022, any person or entity wishing to participate as a respondent in
this proceeding may do so by filing a notice of participation with the Clerk of the Commission at:
scc.virginia.gov/clk/efiling. Those unable, as a practical matter, to file a notice of participation
electronically may file such notice by U.S. mail to the Clerk of the Commission at the address
listed above. Such notice of participation shall include the email addresses of such parties or their
counsel, if available. Acopy of the notice of participation as a respondent also must be sent to
counsel for the Company. Pursuant to 5 VAC 5-20-80 B, Participation as a respondent, of the
Commission’s Rules of Practice, any notice of participation shall set forth: (i) a precise statement
of the interest of the respondent; (ii) a statement of the specific action sought to the extent then
known; and (iii) the factual and legal basis for the action. Any organization, corporation or
government body participating as a respondent must be represented by counsel as required by 5
VAC 5-20-30, Counsel, of the Rules of Practice. All filings shall refer to Case No. PUR-202200124.
On or before December 21, 2022, each respondent may file electronically with the Clerk of the
Commission at scc.virginia.gov/clk/efiling any testimony and exhibits by which the respondent
expects to establish its case, and each witness’s testimony shall include a summary not to
exceed one page. Any respondent unable, as a practical matter, to file testimony and exhibits
electronically may file such by U.S. mail to the Clerk of the Commission at the address listed
above. All testimony and exhibits shall be served on the Commission’s Staff, the Company, and
all other respondents simultaneous with its filing. In all filings, respondents shall comply with the
Commission’s Rules of Practice, as modified by the Commission’s Order for Notice and Hearing,
including, but not limited to: 5 VAC 5-20-140, Filing and service, and 5 VAC 5-20-240, Prepared
testimony and exhibits. All filings shall refer to Case No. PUR-2022-00124.
Any documents filed in paper form with the Office of the Clerk of the Commission in this docket
may use both sides of the paper. In all other respects, except as modified by the Commission’s
Order for Notice and Hearing,
all filings shall comply fully
with the requirements of 5 VAC
5-20-150, Copies and format,
of the Commission’s Rules of
Practice.
The Commission’s Rules
of Practice, the Commission’s
Order for Notice and Hearing,
and the public version of the
Petition other documents filed
in this case may be viewed
on the Commission’s website
at: scc.virginia.gov/pages/
CaseInformation.
VIRGINIA ELECTRIC
AND POWER COMPANY

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