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Dominion refutes criticism linking rejected energy plan to pipeline

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Environmental groups said regulators’ rejection of the utility’s energy plan casts doubt the need for a new pipeline.

Dominion Energy has lashed out at environmental advocacy organizations for linking its controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline to an order from state regulators that Virginia’s largest utility redo its long-term energy plan.

Spokespeople from Dominion told reporters in an e-mail distributed Tuesday evening that both the Sierra Club and the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) “took a footnote from the State Corporation Commission’s (SCC) order out of context, distorting facts to confuse and misinform the public.”

The footnote in question, No. 14, does not mention the pipeline. It directs Dominion to correct its 2018 Integrated Resource Plan by including “a reasonable estimate of fuel transportation costs … associated with all natural gas generation facilities.”

On Friday, commissioners told Dominion it had 90 days to “re-run and re-file” the corrected results of its plan.

Dominion’s 231-page plan, submitted to the commission in May, covered details such as customer base and power-supply build-out from 2019 to 2033. Commissioners said that version was neither reasonable nor in the public interest.

The commission’s order made no factual findings with regard to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Dominion’s statement to reporters said.

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