Your electricity bill is set to increase by $400 a year

A new report came out yesterday confirming what people all across Virginia already know: Dominion Energy has stacked the deck against consumers. And the General Assembly happily passed the laws (written by Dominion lobbyists) that now prevent us from getting a fair shake.

The State Corporation Commission (SCC) found that in 2018 Dominion Energy pocketed $277.3 million in overearnings — money collected from customers in excess of the monopoly’s allowed profit level — according to a report released today. Due to legislation backed by Dominion lobbyists in 2015 and 2018, the SCC cannot compel the monopoly utility to refund this money to customers or lower base rates to prevent overearnings in the future. The SCC’s report also found that household customers’ bills will increase by $32.60 a month in the next four years.

“Virginians are already overburdened by their energy bills and this report shows why — Dominion overcharged consumers in Virginia by $277.3 million last year and a whopping $1.3 billion since 2015. Given that one in ten evictions in Virginia are for delinquencies under $340, it is clear our energy bills play a part in this yet Dominion wants to increase its profit levels and our monthly bills even more,” Gilmore said. “This latest attempt to increase its rate of return is a greedy money grab by Dominion that has nothing to do with energy investments that would improve the lives of Virginians struggling to pay high energy bills.”

How does Dominion get away with this, year after year? One reason is clear: they donate millions of dollars to political campaigns. My opponent, for example, has taken more than $31,000 from Dominion Energy (and another $20,000+ from Appalachian Energy).

We deserve elected officials who will fight for our communities, not simply vote for laws that benefit corporations who write the biggest check.

Our campaign has publicly pledged not to take any contributions from publicly-regulated utilities like Dominion Energy and Appalachian Energy. That means we rely on individual people like you to help us raise the necessary fund for campaign essentials: like yard signs, postcards and postage, and a living wage for our small campaign staff.

We have until Saturday at midnight before our next filing deadline. Can you help us close out August with a bang by making a contribution of $10, $20, $50or $100?

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I'll be out knocking doors in Franklin County all today and tomorrow, reaching rural voters at their doors in areas that have been ignored for far too long. Your support allows me to get out there, and I appreciate it.

With much gratitude,

PS -- Thank you to everyone who participated in our donation matching challenge last week. We raised just over $600 in three days, $500 of which will be doubled by a generous donor. Woot!

What the climate crisis means for Virginia (hint: it's not just an environmental problem)

This past week the eastern part of the United States (including Virginia) experienced record breaking temperatures. Everywhere you looked were warnings to stay inside, hydrate, limit time outdoors, and shelter pets from the heat.

And then, just when the heat broke, we had back-to-back severe thunderstorms that brought down trees and power lines all over the district.

This is our new normal.

The climate crisis means hotter summers, more extreme rainfall patterns (more drought and deluge cycles), and more damaging tornadoes and hurricanes. It means:

  • more blackouts and resulting loss of property (mostly refrigerated foods and medicine)

  • more heat-related injuries and deaths (especially for children, the elderly, and the infirm) -- see this weekend's news of 20 people (including children) being treated for heat-related illness at a swim meet in Bedford

  • unpredictable planting seasons for farmers (and therefore higher food prices)

  • more school disruptions as kids are sent home on extra-hot days (or the entire school day is cancelled because our aging school infrastructure can't keep classrooms at a reasonable temperature)

  • more wear and tear on our homes and our municipal infrastructure (and more road closures for repair, and therefore more pressure to increase taxes to cover those costs)

  • more travel delays, as airports, roads and rail tracks are impacted by extreme weather (both during storms and after)

In short, it's going to impact every area of our lives.

As a sustainability consultant, I have been working on climate-related issues for the last 20 years. I know that we have technology, policy, regulation and innovation that can help our communities adapt to intense climate pressures in the coming years. I'm ready to talk science and pragmatic problem-solving. My opponent is not.

If you believe we need to take the climate crisis seriously, and that we need people who understand science in leadership roles, please help us win this campaign by making a contribution of $10, $20, $50 or $100.

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We are almost certain to have more extreme heat days in the coming weeks. Remember to stay safe and remember what we're fighting for!

Thank you,