Dominion Virginia Power to Increase Rates Next Week

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

SHENANDOAH COUNTY (WHSV) For the first time in two years, Dominion Virginia Power is increasing its prices. Customers like Palmer Morris aren't too happy about it.

"Makes me mad because I pay more and less coming in," said Morris.

Morris is a grandfather and he has lived in the same house for more than 40 years. He said every two to three years, he sees a price increase on his electricity bill. He's not looking forward to paying more.

"I'm not looking forward to it because it's more money out of my pocket. The less we get," said Morris.

Jim Norwell, the director of media relations with Dominion Virginia Power, described the reasons behind the increase.

"The primary reason for the increase is because the cost of those fuels we use, uranium, natural gas, coal, oil and bio mass, are scheduled to increase in the coming year," said Norwell.

This means for the average Dominion Virginia Power customer, 1,000 kilowatt hours could be an extra $2.36 per month.

For a retiree living with his wife on his pension and cutting down utility costs by living without cable, that's a lot of money.

"Sure a dollar would hurt you,” said Morris.

Norwell said it's nothing abnormal.

"This is an annual adjustment. Some years it goes up and some years it goes down," said Norwell.

The increase isn't helping the Morris family. Palmer Morris said he will continue using cheaper alternatives, especially this summer.

"We don't have central air. We just have what you put in the window," said Morris.

Dominion Virginia Power is building a new natural gas power station in Front Royal. The company is scheduled to use more and more natural gas, which it hopes will maintain an affordable cost for customers.


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