Dominion Energy updates Blythewood business leaders on transition

Aimee Murray conducting her presentation at the Blythewood Chamber breakfast. Jeanne Reynolds photos.

Don’t watch your mailbox for a $1,000 check from Dominion Energy. The regional energy provider that merged with SCANA in January is now implementing an alternate plan that emphasizes longer-term rate relief.

That was one of the reminders Blythewood business leaders heard from Aimee Murray, Dominion media affairs specialist, at Tuesday’s monthly breakfast meeting of the Blythewood Chamber of Commerce at Doko Manor.

According to Murray, typical residential, commercial and industrial electric bills are 15 percent lower in 2019 than they were in January 2018. The reductions are part of $4.5 billion in bill relief benefits Dominion is providing to SCE&G electricity customers as part of the plan approved by the S.C. Public Service Commission. The plan also calls for $2.45 million in bill credits to natural gas customers over three years.

Murray said Dominion has no plans for action at SCANA’s abandoned nuclear power construction site in Fairfield County. “SCANA abandoned the project and has no claim on the assets,” she said.

The impact on workers whose jobs may be redundant following the merger is still uncertain, Murray said. “It’s still hard to tell the numbers. In my opinion we’re waiting for the outcome of the voluntary severance programs being offered.”

Dominion provides electricity and natural gas to nearly 7.5 million customers and employs 21,300 people in the 18 states where it operates.

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