Southern Virginia’s comprehensive utility infrastructure powers a variety of industries and businesses.
Electric service is provided by two major power companies—American Electric Power/Appalachian Power Company and Dominion Virginia Power—in addition to several electric cooperatives and municipal electric systems. These providers incorporate a responsible mix of nuclear, natural gas, wind, hydro and solar energy sources, in addition to clean coal powered generation.
The result is an affordable rate structure and reliability levels that surpass that of their West Coast counterparts, with current commercial rates ranging from 5.4-7.5 cents per kilowatt-hour.
Appalachian Power in Virginia
Appalachian Power in Virginia is part of the American Electric Power system – one of the largest electric utilities in the United States. The company delivers electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states, including an 11,000 square-mile territory in Southwestern Virginia that serves over half a million customers.
Appalachian Power in Virginia is vertically integrated for distribution, transmission, and generation with 26,445 miles of distribution and 2,717 miles of transmission lines. Appalachian Power offers new customers with over a 1,000 kW load an economic development rate, which reduces their demand rate charge by fifteen percent each year for the first three (3) years of operation.
A current list of the company’s rates and tariffs can be found here.
Dominion Virginia Power
Dominion Virginia Power provides electric service to over 2.4 million electric customers in Virginia and North Carolina, with an excellent track record of service and one of the best transmission reliability records around.
Dominion maintains an extensive transmission network throughout the region, including several substations and two major generating stations. A new, large, combined cycle natural gas generating facility is currently under construction and will be operational in Southern Virginia by 2016.
Dominion Virginia Power is a regulated company, and the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) sets all rates. For business customers, rates are priced as bundled or unbundled, based on estimated consumption and a defined rate class, and whether or not the company purchases both the supply (generation and transmission) and delivery (distribution).
View a complete schedule of Dominion Virginia Power’s business rates here.
Columbia Gas of Virginia
For more than 165 years, Columbia Gas of Virginia has safely and reliably delivered natural gas to customers throughout the Commonwealth. Today, Columbia serves over 86 communities, including most of the cities, counties, and towns in the Southern Virginia region. Columbia Gas of Virginia is one of the nine energy distribution companies of NiSource, Inc., and the third largest natural gas utility in the Commonwealth of Virginia, serving approximately 250,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers.
The City of Danville also operates an independent, municipally owned gas system through a firm supply contract with TRANSCO. The Danville/TRANSCO system serves approximately 16,500 customers in the region.
Mid-Atlantic Broadband (MBC) operates an advanced open-access network with more than 1,600 route miles of fiber throughout the region. Connectivity is widely available through a number of regional and national fiber optic network providers—ensuring secure, scalable, cost effective and diverse network access.
In addition to MBC, local providers include:
- Level 3
- Lightower Fiber Networks
- Lumos Networks
Water and Wastewater
Affordable rates and abundant capacities can be found in many of the Southern Virginia localities. In most communities, water and wastewater service are provided directly by the jurisdiction, a neighboring community, or a local or regional public service authority.
To obtain site-specific capacities or determine the provider and utility rates within a select county, city or town, please contact the locality directly.
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