Deeds Asks SCC to Reject Rate Hike
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.
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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