RICHMOND -- Diane Poldy of Fairfax is the 10,000th Dominion Virginia Power customer to enroll in the Dominion Green Power(SM) program, an easy and affordable way to help the environment by supporting renewable energy.
"I believe in supporting green energy," said Poldy. "It's one thing I can do to give my grandchildren a better world to live in, making it a better place for them now and in the future."
Dominion Green Power has been available since Jan. 1, 2009. Each customer enrolled in the 100 percent option for one year prevents the release of 8.5 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, which is equivalent to removing one and a half automobiles from the road for a year or planting 219 trees.
About 15% of enrolled customers live in the Hampton Roads, said spokeswoman Bonita Billingsley Harris.
"We are extremely pleased with this program's continuing success," said Ken Barker, Dominion vice president of customer solutions and energy conservation. "This voluntary program enables customers to ensure that renewable energy is delivered to the grid, and it encourages the development of new renewable power facilities. Green power also reduces the environmental impact of generating electricity from fossil fuels."
The Dominion Green Power program has been approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission and has achieved Green-e® Energy certification from the Center for Resource Solutions, a national nonprofit organization. Green-e® Energy is the nation's leading independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy.
Customers can find out more or sign up for Dominion Green Power by visiting the the company's Websitewww.dom.com/VaGreenPower or by calling the Dominion Customer Call Center toll-free at 1-866-DOM-HELP (866-366-4357).
Dominion is already active in producing power from renewable energy sources and is committed to meeting Virginia's voluntary goal of 15 percent of base year electricity energy sales from renewable energy sources by 2025. The Dominion Green Power program is separate from the company's own renewable energy initiatives.
Dominion is one of more than 850 utilities across the country to offer green power programs, Harris added.