RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion Virginia Power is marking the first year anniversary of its expanded EnergyShare program with volunteer events in three regions and a pledge to extend the program's educational reach. At events held in Alexandria, Petersburg and Virginia Beach today, Dominion executives joined EnergyShare volunteers, partnering agencies and dignitaries to weatherize homes and measure the program's success.
"Thanks to the dedicated efforts of our EnergyShare team and our great partners across the state, we've been able to assist more than 14,100 families and individuals with energy bills and provide professional energy-efficiency improvements to 7,000 homes in one year's time," said Robert M. Blue, president of Dominion Virginia Power. "Looking ahead, we will build on that momentum and educate even more Virginians on the best ways to manage and reduce their energy costs."
"The progress we have made over the past year demonstrates the impact simple, low-cost energy efficiency measures can have on lowering energy bills," said Gov. Terry McAuliffe. "In addition to working directly with consumers to use energy more efficiently, I am challenging Dominion to expand its efforts to educate Virginians on the value of energy conservation both to their own budgets and our efforts to combat global warming.
Our electric utilities are in the perfect position to drive this education and outreach and that is what this challenge is all about."
"We accept Gov. McAuliffe's challenge and pledge to hold about 400 education events in the coming year," said Blue. "We will continue to place strong emphasis on the energy-efficiency measures that any consumer can take to reduce energy usage and save on their bills."
Since the program's inception in 1982, Dominion Virginia Power and its customers, employees, retirees and business partners have contributed more than $75 million to EnergyShare to strengthen the communities we serve. The program has helped more than 775,000 individuals and families pay their energy bills.
To expand the educational component of EnergyShare, Dominion will provide training and materials to dozens of employees who will serve as energy efficiency representatives to speak at schools, professional organizations and other community venues. To schedule a speaker for your community event, please visit dom.com/speaker.
In addition, EnergyShare's core team of energy experts will continue to work with regional weatherization partners, state assistance agencies and others to provide bill payment assistance, energy efficiency guidance and professional weatherization services to eligible EnergyShare recipients.
Dominion launched its expanded EnergyShare program one year ago, on Sept. 1, 2015, pledging to invest $57 million from 2015-2019 to expand the reach and breadth of the program in response to directives from Gov. McAuliffe and the General Assembly. Since then, EnergyShare has partnered with more than 140 agencies and weatherization providers; helped more than 800 veterans and 1,000 individuals living with disabilities, held more than 200 outreach events and weatherized more than 7,000 homes.*
*Includes about 1,850 homes weatherized through EnergyShare and 5,150 through a Dominion Energy Conservation program.
EnergyShare helps eligible customers facing financial hardship pay heating or cooling bills when all other forms of assistance have been exhausted. Virginia residents can call 2-1-1 for referrals to health and human services resources. For more information about weatherization, call 1-888-366-8280. For details on donating or applying for EnergyShare, visit www.dom.com/EnergyShare-va
About Dominion Virginia Power
Dominion Virginia Power is a subsidiary of Dominion (NYSE: D), one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy. Dominion provides energy or products and services to more than 5 million customers in 14 states. It has a portfolio of approximately 25,700 megawatts of generation and 6,500 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion also operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 933 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at www.dom.com.
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