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Deeds Asks SCC to Reject Rate Hike

Anita Kumar

Energy has quickly become one of the top issues in the contest for the Democratic nomination for governor. The three candidates took similar approaches to the news yesterday afternoon that Dominion Virginia Power is seeking to raise electricity rates 6.9 percent during the next 14 months.

But only state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds called on the State Corporation Commission to reject the proposed increase.

"This is the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression, and it's simply not the time to ask Virginia families to pay more for their monthly energy bill,'' he said. "It's time to put the middle class first again. I call on the Virginia State Corporation Commission to reject this rate increase on Virginia's working families."

Deeds, as well as his rivals Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran, used Dominion's proposed rate increase to talk again about the importance of renewable and alternative energy.

"Dominion Power's announcement...highlights the urgent need for Virginia to invest in energy efficiency and our renewable energy sector and to develop a comprehensive statewide energy plan, like the one I've laid out,'' McAuliffe said.

McAuliffe has proposed implementing a mandatory renewable energy standard of 25 percent by 2025 and expanding the net-metering law to lower utility prices for consumers and create jobs.

"The key to making electricity more affordable is investments in efficiency and conservation,'' said Jesse Ferguson, a spokesman for Moran. "That's why Brian has put forward the boldest plan to invest in weatherization and require that power companies be compensated for efficiency, not just consumption."

Moran has proposed electric decoupling which gives utilities a financial stake in energy savings by untying utility's earnings from the amount of energy they produce and for requiring all state buildings constructed to meet LEED standards for energy efficiency.

By Anita Kumar  |  April 1, 2009; 10:04 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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Comments

... And let the Democratic pandering begin!

They know they will need every vote they can this next election... unfortunately Obama killed any chance in them winning the state again with his radical ideology.

Better luck next time...

Posted by: indep2 | April 1, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

"Pandering"? I hope that's dissimilar to McDonnell's long-established practice of ignoring federal regulations and costing taxpayers in the Commonwealth millions of tax dollars. Cursed was the day when ideology trumped fiscal responsibility and practicality.

Remember well that he and his fellow ideologues supported TARP without any stipulations as to how those tax dollars were spent. And have they learned their lesson? No, they're still opposing oversight of how federal dollars are given to corporations. The GOP isn't against giving breaks or bailouts to corporations; the past 8 years are proof that they have a long tradition of throwing our revenues away for zero public gain, which causes taxes to rise.

Brilliant.

Posted by: robsmithiii | April 2, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

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