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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC OF APPLICATION OF VIRGINIA ELECTRIC AND POWER COMPANY FOR APPROVAL TO ESTABLISH AN EXPERIMENTAL RESIDENTIAL RATE, DESIGNATED TIME-OF-USE RATE SCHEDULE 1G (EXPERIMENTAL) CASE NO. PUR-2019-00214 On December 12, 2019, Virginia Electric and Power Company ("Company") filed an application ("Application") with the State Corporation Commission ("Commission") for approval to establish a new experimental and voluntary residential time of use ("TOU") rate schedule, designated Time-Of-Use Rate Schedule 1G (Experimental) ("TOU Schedule 1G"), pursuant to § 56-234 B of the Code of Virginia ("Code"). The Company states that TOU Schedule 1G was developed during a series of stakeholder group meetings required by the 2019 Virginia General Assembly. The Company requests a rate effective date of January 1, 2021. Pursuant to Code § 56-234 B, the Commission is required to issue its final order on the Application within six months of the filing date. The Company explains that time-varying rates can provide more accurate price signals to customers that are better aligned with cost causation than standard rates and that, through improved price signals, such rate structure can incentivize behavioral changes in customers taking service under time-varying rates. The Company states that such behavioral changes can benefit participants directly through bill savings and can benefit both participants and non-participants through reduction of system costs. According to the Application, voluntary TOU Schedule 1G is designed to produce the same overall revenues as the Company's standard residential Rate Schedule 1, although individual customer bills may be higher or lower. Assuming no change in total usage, for example, if a customer shifts usage from an on-peak period to an off-peak period, the customer would achieve bill savings. Under TOU Schedule 1G, participants would be charged the same basic customer charge, $6.58, as residential customers taking service under standard Rate Schedule 1. In addition, participants would be subject to time-varying energy charges based on the season (summer or non-summer) and the time period of consumption which the Company categorizes as on-peak, off-peak and super off-peak, as follows: Season Rate Designation Applicable Time Period Applicable Energy Rate (¢/kwh) Summer (May-Sept.) On-peak Monday-Friday: 15.2128 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Off-Peak Monday-Friday: 1.8916 5 a.m. - 3 p.m. 6 p.m. - 12 a.m. Weekends/Holidays: 5 a.m. - 12 a.m. Super Off-Peak All days: 0.0229 12 a.m.- 5 a.m. Non-summer (Oct-April) On-peak Monday-Friday: 9.7539 6 a.m. - 9 a.m., 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Off-peak Monday-Friday: 2.6289 5 a.m.- 6 a.m. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. Weekends/Holidays: 5 a.m. - 12 a.m. Super Off-Peak All days 2.2826 12 a.m. - 5 a.m. In addition to the time-varying energy charges outlined above, customers would pay a distribution charge, a transmission charge and all applicable riders based on usage. TOU Schedule 1G is proposed to be available to the Company's residential customers with installed advanced metering infrastructure ("AMI") meters also referred to as "smart meters" subject to an enrollment limit of 10,000 participants in TOU Schedule 1G. The Company states that AMI is needed to bill time varying rates because the Company cannot distinguish a customer's consumption at different points in time using standard metering. The Company represents that as of November 2019, it has approximately 450,000 AMI meters, of which approximately 400,000 serve residential customers. The Company further notes that it has a pending proposal before the Commission to fully deploy AMI across its Virginia service territory. The Company further states that it is not proposing the time-varying rate as the default tariff for customers with AMI and states the soonest the Company could propose to change the default tariff for customers would be at the conclusion of the first triennial rate review proceeding, with Commission approval. In addition to having AMI deployed on their premises, participants would be subject to the following eligibility requirements: (i) TOU Schedule 1G would not be available to customers electing to participate in any PJM Interconnection, LLC, Demand Response ("DR") Program or any Company-sponsored DR Program; (ii) a customer who discontinues service under TOU Schedule 1G may not be served under that schedule within one year of such discontinuation of service; and (iii) participation would be limited to net metering customers with systems that have a capacity of less than or equal to 10 kilowatts. The Commission entered an Order for Notice and Hearing that, among other things, scheduled a public hearing on May 5, 2020, at 10 a.m., in the Commission's second floor courtroom located in the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, to receive testimony from members of the public and evidence related to the Application from the Company, any respondents, and the Commission's Staff. Any person desiring to testify as a public witness at this hearing should appear fifteen (15) minutes prior to the starting time of the hearing and contact the Commission's Bailiff. The Company's Application and the Commission's Order for Notice and Hearing are available for public inspection during regular business hours at each of the Company's business offices in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Copies also may be obtained by submitting a written request to counsel for the Company, Audrey T. Bauhan, Esquire, Dominion Energy Services, Inc., 120 Tredegar Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219. If acceptable to the requesting party, the Company may provide the documents by electronic means. Copies of the Application and other documents filed in this case are also available for interested persons to review in the Commission's Document Control Center located on the first floor of the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Interested persons also may download unofficial copies from the Commission's website: On or before April 28, 2020, any interested person wishing to comment on the Company's Application shall file written comments with Joel H. Peck, Clerk, State Corporation Commission, c/o Document Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2118. Any interested person desiring to file comments electronically may do so on or before April 28, 2020, by following the instructions on the Commission's website: Compact discs or any other form of electronic storage medium may not be filed with the comments. All such comments shall refer to Case No. PUR-2019-00214. On or before March 3, 2020, any person or entity wishing to participate as a respondent in this proceeding may do so by filing a notice of participation. If not filed electronically, an original and fifteen (15) copies of the notice of participation shall be submitted to the Clerk of the Commission at the address above. A copy of the notice of participation as a respondent also must be sent to counsel for the Company at the address set forth above. Pursuant to Rule 5 VAC 5-20-80 B, Participation as a respondent, of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure ("Rules of Practice"), any notice of participation shall set forth: (i) a precise statement of the interest of the respondent; (ii) a statement of the specific action sought to the extent then known; and (iii) the factual and legal basis for the action. Any organization, corporation, or government body participating as a respondent must be represented by counsel as required by Rule 5 VAC 5-20-30, Counsel, of the Rules of Practice. All filings shall refer to Case No. PUR-2019-00214. All documents filed with the Office of the Clerk of the Commission in this docket may use both sides of the paper. In all other respects, all filings shall comply fully with the requirements of 5 VAC 5-20-150, Copies and format, of the Commission's Rules of Practice. The Commission's Rules of Practice may be viewed at A printed copy of the Commission's Rules of Practice and an official copy of the Commission's Order for Notice and Hearing in this proceeding may be obtained from the Clerk of the Commission at the address above. VIRGINIA ELECTRIC AND POWER COMPANY

1300 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22901


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