Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Crew and trucks are ready to respond to calls throughout the storm heading toward the Northern Virginia area.
Dominion Virginia Power is expecting power outages considering the nature of the incoming storm. They've prepared their trucks and crews to service problem areas, said Le-Ha Anderson, manager for media and community relations, in a recent email to Patch. The Winter Storm Watch from the National Weather Service predicts "more than 5 inches possible with the potential for more than a foot somewhere within the watch area." Wet, heavy snow can weigh down tree limbs which can possibly make contact with power lines and cause power outages, Anderson explained. Dominion customers are encouraged to contact Dominion immediately at 1-866-DOM-HELP if they witness trees on power lines or leaning toward power lines. Anderson said it's best to stay away …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Punxsutawney Phil and Potomac Phil predicted an early spring, but it's still cold for many struggling to pay for heat.
Punxsutawney Phil (and Potomac Phil) both predicted an early spring, but Annandale is expecting a dusting of snow both Monday and Tuesday nights. That means temperatures are still wintry and heating bills are still high for residents in the area. (See this week's forecast here.) Dominion Virginia Power is reminding customers that assistance is available for high heating bills this winter through the utility company’s Energy Share grants. Eligible customers may get a one-time payout of up to $600 to offset heating costs this winter. More than 12,000 customers received assistance in 2012. To quality, customers must live in Dominion’s service area and meeting one of these criteria: Customers can call Dominion's customer service center at 1-…
Sunday, December 16, 2012
The programs aren't free, but are designed to save homeowners money in the long run.
Dominion makes money based on the amount of electricity it sells its customers, but, the hitch is, there's only so much power on the grid to go around. That's why the utility company has launched four new energy conservation programs to teach homeowners how to cut back electricity usage and save money in the long run, explained Le-Ha Anderson, a spokeswoman for Dominion. And, as it turns out, autumn is the "perfect time" to audit your home's energy appetite, Anderson said. The new programs include: Home Energy Check-Up Duct Testing and Sealing Program Heat Pump Tune-Up Program Heat Pump Upgrade Program These programs are open to all Dominion customers in single family dwellings in Virginia. Some townhomes are eligible, too. Visit the …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Dominion Power working in two locations for much of Thursday
Drivers will have only partial address to two main Fairfax City roads on Thursday as Dominion Virginia Power completes work in the area. Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Dominion will be working in the following locations, according to an alert from the City of Fairfax: Patch will update this story as more informaiton becomes available.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The fire did not cause customers to lose power.
Fairfax City fire officials said they put out a small fire in an electrical closet at the Fairfax City Dominion Office Tuesday night. Fairfax City Fire Chief Dave Rohr said the fire was contained within an electrical closet, though smoke filtered throughout the building. Firefighters responded to the event at around 10:30 p.m. They remained at the building's Fairfax Boulevard address for about 45-60 minutes to put out the fire and secure the office. There were no injuries. The fire did not cause customers to lose power.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
While waiting for the power to return, what was your most helpful item?
When a surprise derecho hit Northern Virginia Friday night, its winds downed trees and power lines, cutting off "juice" to thousands in the area. While most customers of Dominion Virginia Power are back up and running, there are still 13,000 homes without power in Northern Virginia Thursday morning, according to the company's latest figures. If you were in the dark after the derecho, what got you through? What was the one most useful item that made it bearable? A generator, a flashlight, a book, ice? Take our poll — and if you don't see your top item in the list, tell us about it in the comments box!
Monday, July 2, 2012
Sudden wind storm Friday night was one of the worst to hit Northern Virginia, leaving thousands without power.
In the aftermath of the powerful derecho storm that hit Northern Virginia Friday night, thousands are still without power three days later, suffering through high temperatures with no air-conditioning, watching food spoil and feeling disconnected without TV, Internet and in some cases phone service. On Monday afternoon, Dominion Power reported that about 160,000 in Northern Virginia were still without power. Many local residents checked into local hotels to escape the heat or found local coffee shops to charge up phones. Were you without power or are you still waiting for the lights to come back on? What do you miss most when the power goes out? Take our poll and feel free to add your comments about what you miss most when the power goes …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Monthly electric charges could drop to an average of $105 per household by September.
Gas prices may be going up and up, but cost of electricity, at least for Dominion customers, is dropping. The average household electricity bill is expected to drop to $105.90 in September, the company says, a 5.7 percent decrease from January 2012. The calculation is based on the an average use of 1,000 kilowatt-hours. The drop is owed largely to a decrease in Dominion's fuel rate. The proposed fuel rate is 2.706 cents per kilowatt-hour – a decrease of approximately 18 percent from the current fuel rate of 3.289 cents per kilowatt-hour, said Dominion spokeswoman Le-Ha Anderson. The adjustment is the lowest the company has proposed since 2007, Anderson said. It will result in an annual fuel revenue reduction of $388 million. In a company …
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Tips and phone numbers from Dominion Power
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Bobbi Bowman
Saturday, February 18, 2012
The National Weather Service forecasts snow that will accumulate beginning early afternoon Sunday and continuing until Monday. A winter storm watch is in effect for an area south of the Metro area. Heavy, wet snow moving from southwest to northeast from the storm, could knock trees and limbs into power lines and create outages. The exact timing and strength of the storm may vary. Dominion Virginia Power sent along these tips and phone numbers: Before the storm: During the storm, if you lose your power: After the storm Follow us on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/DomVAPower. 'Like' us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dominionvirginiapower .
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Power expected to be back on between 8-9 a.m.
UPDATE (8:04 a.m.): Power was restored to residents at 6:40 a.m., said Le-Ja Anderson of Dominion Power. The outage was due to an equipment failure. Dominion says about 1,179 Fairfax City customers are without power Saturday morning. The cause is unknown at this point. Affected customers seem to live just under Main Street between Chain Bridge and Burke Station roads. The company's power outage map claims power is expected to come back on in affected households between 8-10 a.m. Check back for more information as it becomes available.