• Dominion is an energy providing power company, which operates six coal-burning plants as well as nuclear plants.
• Dominion pledges a corporate commitment to environmental responsibility, yet it is moving forward with plans to build an additional coal-fired power plant and a nuclear power plant in Virginia.
• Dominion resources would be better utilized by focusing on generating power from clean, renewable resources, or the company will continue to increase the risks it takes with the environment and human health.
• Dominion was listed as a top corporate polluter in the PERI 100 list.
• Look for alternative utility solutions in Go Green and pressure Dominion to expand its use of sustainable energy.
-- Profile Updated 08/05/2010
Dominion Resources provides electricity to more than 2 million customers and natural gas to 1.7 million customers across five states. The company's asset portfolio includes nearly 28,100 megawatts of power generation, approximately 6 trillion cubic feet of proved natural gas reserves, 7,900 miles of natural gas pipeline and a natural gas storage system, with a capacity of over 965 billion cubic feet. In 2006 Dominion reported sales of $31.5 billion and employed 17,400 people.
Say 'NO' to Coal and Climate Change
Tell the CEOs of power companies Peabody, Dominion, and Sempra and their Board members to heed the call of shareholders and their power customers and halt climate change, stop building new coal plants, and shift the billions of dollars they are spending on coal into green energy like solar and wind as well as energy efficiency.
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- Dominion Transmission
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- The Peoples Natural Gas Company
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Dominion was listed as a top corporate polluter in the "Toxic 100." Dominion was listed as number 28, with the coal-burning Chesterfield Power Station accounting for almost 50 percent of Dominion's toxic air releases.
-- Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), 05/22/2008
Source URL: http://www.peri.umass.edu/toxic100_index/
Shareholders have filed the following resolution regarding Dominion's role in climate change: "The shareholders request a report [reviewed by a board committee of independent directors] on how the company is responding to rising regulatory, competitive, and public pressure to siginificantly reduce carbon dioxide and other emissions from the company's current and proposed power plant operations. The report should be provided by September 1, 2006 at a reasonable cost and omit proprietary information."
-- Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, 04/27/2006
Dominion is undertaking initial power station development activities in the coalfield region of Virginia, include the evaluation of available coal-burning technologies. There is no hard timetable for the plant; however, one Dominion spokesman indicated an operational goal of 2012 to meet increasing electricity demand. No specific sites or clean coal technologies have been selected for the southwest Virginia plant, but Dominion officials noted that several emerging clean coal technologies are being considered.
-- Business Journal, 01/16/2006
Source URL: none available
Brayton Point Station, a coal-fired power plant owned by Dominion, once topped the list of the ten dirtiest power plants in the Northeast. In 2004, Brayton Point released 5.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the air, making it responsible for approximately 5 percent of the region's total carbon dioxide emissions.
In July 2005 Dominion announced that Brayton would be in full compliance with strict environmental standards through the installation of scrubbers and other pollution-control technology. (Dominion Resources, 7/28/2005)
-- National Association of State PIRGs, 07/01/2005
According to the report "Dirty Kilowatts: America's Most Polluting Power Plants," Dominion's Chesterfield facility was among the 50 worst power plants in terms of sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide emission.
-- Environmental Integrity Project, 05/01/2005
Source URL: www.dirtykilowatts.org/Dirty_Kilowatts.pdf
According to the report "America's Dirtiest Power Plants: Plugged into the Bush Administration," Dominion's Mount Storm and Chesterfield Power electric facilities were placed under investigation by the EPA for suspected violations of the Clean Air Act's New Source Review.
-- Environmental Integrity Project, 05/01/2004
Ethics and Governance
In 2006, Thomas F. Farrell earned $7.3 million in total compensation including. The Dominion CEO has another $20.69 million in unexercised stock options from previous years.
-- AFL-CIO, 04/05/2006
- The company spent $679,105 in campaign contributions …
Dominion has been criticized for exerting its corporate influence:
- The company spent $679,105 in campaign contributions to George W. Bush and the Republican National Committee from 1999 to 2004.
- Dominion president and COO Thomas F. Farrell was on the Bush Administration's transition team for the Department of Energy. Farrell's role came as Dominion was facing a lawsuit from the federal government for violating the Clean Air Act.
- The wife of Senator George Allen (R-VA) sat on Dominion's Board of Directors, despite having no work experience that would qualify her for such a position. Dominion has been Allen's third largest campaign contributor since 1999.
- Dominion's intense lobbying efforts in Virginia led to the passing of electric restructuring legislation that the state utility regulator openly opposes.
In addition, Dominion agreed to pay a $500,000 penalty and offer $4.5 million in customer refunds for violating federal regulations governing market information sharing. Over the course of three years Dominion shared sensitive, non-public information about gas reserves with industry insiders and traders, which in-turn provided unfair advantages to those involved in the gas market.
-- Public Citizen, 10/01/2004
Dominion is the target of the No New Nukes campaign focused on stopping the expansion of the North Anna Nuclear Power Plant in Mineral, Virginia. If granted the necessary permits to build, the proposed expansion would add another two new nuclear reactors to the existing two on the North Anna site. Environmental and community groups involved in the campaign argue that nuclear energy is not a solution to energy needs, and in fact poses greater risks to the environment and national security. Opponents fear that North Anna Lake cannot sustain another two plants, and critics claim that Environmental Impact Statements for the proposed site are incomplete.
-- People's Alliance for Clean Energy, 08/16/2006
Source URL: northanna.nonewnukes.org/index.html