Fact Checker: Dominion Rate Increase
All three Democrats running for governor claimed in yesterday's debate that they oppose Dominion Virginia Power's March proposal to raise electricity rates 6.9 percent to pay for equipment, salaries, plant construction and conservation projects.
That's not exactly true.
Only state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds called on the State Corporation Commission to reject the rate increase. His rivals Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran did not.
Deeds immediately issued a press release after Dominion announced the proposal. "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."
At the time, Moran's campaign said that "we are concerned any time there's a proposal to raise utility costs on working families already struggling to make ends meet,'' and used the rate increase as a way to call for energy efficiency and conservation.
But yesterday, Moran was much more adamant. "Now, in terms of Dominion, I opposed their rate increase,'' he said.
Similiarly, McAuliffe only said at the time that "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."
Yesterday, he said "Why should Dominion continue to get rate hikes every time they come and get them and we're not doing anything about putting wind farms off the coast of Virginia Beach?"
May 20, 2009; 6:11 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Governor's Race Fact Checker , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe
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