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Hundreds of Virginians Dance the Electric Slide for Clean Energy

On Sunday, April 14th hundreds of Virginians called on the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to put efficiency and clean energy first rather than allow continued investments in fossil fuels by Dominion Virginia Power. Participants danced the popular 1980s dance known as the Electric Slide in front of Dominion’s Richmond headquarters.

Dominion has proposed another major investment in fossil fuels, this time a natural gas plant in Brunswick County. On April 24th, Dominion will seek the required Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) permit to construct and operate the Brunswick plant from the SCC at a hearing in Richmond.

“Continuing to rely on dirty fuels is a risky path for our families and our economy,” said Glen Besa, Director of Sierra Club’s Virginia Chapter. “We can’t afford to build this unnecessary gas plant when more cost-effective solutions are available. It’s time to electric slide toward clean energy!”

Participants expressed concern that Dominion’s plan to build the Brunswick gas plant and increase its overall dependence on dirty energy sources is too risky. The price of natural gas is particularly volatile because it is subject to several external factors including state and federal regulations and the impact of potential export markets. In preparation for the hearing multiple organizations have argued that Dominion has failed to prove the plant is even necessary.

“Instead of building new, carbon-polluting fossil fuel plants, we can and must power Virginia homes and businesses with affordable and reliable efficiency and clean energy,” said Seth Heald, rally attendee from Rixeyville, Va.

Over the past few months thousands of Virginians have asked the SCC to consider the long-term consequences of Dominion’s proposals. Recent expert testimony to the SCC demonstrated that energy efficiency would be a cheaper, safer option for meeting the state’s power needs. During the April 24th hearing, the Sierra Club and other community partners will ask the SCC to deny the CPCN permit for the proposed natural gas plant.

“Our State Corporation Commission can protect our families and businesses by stopping the Brunswick gas plant, and instead requiring Dominion to invest in efficiency and clean energy first,” said Ivy Main, Vice-Chair of Sierra Club’s Virginia Chapter.

For more information, visit: VaSierraClub.org/StopBrunswick

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