The pilot is designed to test whether electric vehicle owners will choose to recharge their vehicles during off-peak hours – typically overnight – in exchange for lower electricity costs.
Virginia was identified by industry experts as potentially one of the hottest markets for plug-in electric vehicles based on the state's relatively large number of first-generation hybrid vehicles. Dominion believes there could be 86,000 electric vehicles in the state – equal to 5 percent of all vehicle sales – by 2020. If charged on peak, these vehicles could lead to an increase in the amount of peak-demand electricity that the company must supply that year by about 270 megawatts, which is the equivalent of powering 67,500 homes.
Demand is the amount of electricity that is needed and being consumed at any given time.
The level of demand for electricity across Dominion’s system fluctuates constantly depending on many factors, like weather conditions and the time of day. When the level of electric demand is at its highest, it is called the peak electric demand. Peak demand across Dominion’s service territory typically occurs on the hottest or coldest days.
At home, customers will typically have a peak demand when they are cooling their home, and using other appliances such as the dishwasher, washing machine, or charging their electric vehicle at the same time.
The EV Pricing Plans have different prices for the energy you use depending on the time of day. Standard residential meters provide Dominion with usage on a monthly basis. Interval data recording meters measure the energy used every 30 minutes and allows Dominion to apply the price for that time period.
The impact to the electric grid depends upon a number of factors, such as how quickly electric vehicle penetration develops, how fast technology changes to allow higher demand chargers, and the charging behaviors of EV owners.
One of the most important ways to minimize the impact to the electric grid will be to encourage electric vehicle owners to charge their vehicles at night, when the electric demand is lowest and power is less expensive.
During off-peak periods, such as night time hours, the grid has reserve capacity and can handle increased demand and power requirements to charge electric vehicles without significant system upgrades. That is why Dominion is offering experimental off-peak vehicle charging rates to encourage the charging of vehicles during the night/off peak hours.
The industry has three "levels" of charging for vehicles:
Auto dealers will work with their customers to help consider which charging level is best to serve their needs and the particular vehicle.
Most plug-in electric vehicles can charge on a typical 120-volt household outlet (also called Level 1 Charging). If you choose to purchase an electric vehicle and charge it at 120 volts, you may not need any upgrades to your home electrical system as long as a standard outlet is available near the vehicle so that a safe connection can be made.
EVSE stands for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment and generally includes all of the equipment used in charging plug-in electric vehicles, including a special cord set, connector and charging station.
You will want to work with a licensed electrical contractor to install your charging equipment (EVSE). The contractor should:
Dominion Virginia Power can only work on the utility-side of the meter, providing the necessary service to the house. A licensed electrician should be consulted for any necessary electrical work.
Dominion Virginia Power cannot recommend a particular electrician. You have the option of choosing to work with the electrician of your choice or contacting the vehicle manufacturer to see if they have a recommended charging infrastructure installation partner.
Prices change based on the time of day. The EV + Home Pricing Plan varies based on time of day and season.
The EV Pricing Plans have various pricing components.
For specific information on the EV Pricing Plans, refer to the rate details.
The times for the pricing apply every day of the year, regardless of weekends or holidays.
Your energy use depends on your lifestyle. Many factors impact your energy use, including your cooling and heating, water heating, refrigerators, and when you decide to charge your electric vehicle. To better understand what uses electricity in your home, refer to Dominion’s on-line energy calculators.
The incremental cost for charging an electric vehicle will be different for everyone. The size of the increase will depend on the size of the battery in the electric vehicle, your electricity rate plan, current monthly electrical use, and the amount that you drive.
|Electric Vehicle||$0.11 / kWh * 10 kWh||$1.10 for 40 miles|
|Gas Vehicle||$3 / gallon * 22 mpg||$5.44 for 40 miles|
A customer who owns or leases a new qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicle can participate in the EV Pricing Plans. The vehicle must have at least 4 wheels and manufactured for use on public roads, streets and highways.
The EV Pricing Plans are available for Dominion residential customers in Virginia that have an electric vehicle.
Customers who enroll in the EV + Home Pricing Plan are not eligible to also participate in Dominion’s water heater control program. To unenroll from this program, call 1-866-566-6436 and ask to be removed from the water heater control program. This will make a customer eligible, provided the appropriate meter is installed at the home.
Additionally, customers who enroll in the EV + Home Pricing Plan are not eligible to participate in Smart Cooling Rewards. In order to be able to participate in the EV + Home Pricing Plan, the customer would have to decide which program they prefer. To unenroll from the Smart Cooling Rewards program, call 1-888-366-8280 and asked to be removed from that program. This will make a customer eligible to call Dominion at 1-866-566-6436 and enroll in the EV + Home Pricing Plan.
Customers can call 1-866-566-6436 to enroll.
Yes, the EVs Pricing Plans are pilot programs. Dominion wants to learn about the pilot participant’s ability to adapt to the changing prices each day and their willingness to shift electricity consumption to off-peak periods.
Dominion will evaluate and determine if a program similar to the EV Pricing Plans will be beneficial to additional customers in the future.
As of November 25, 2013, the enrollment and program participation periods have been extended. Enrollment will end on December 1, 2015 with the pilot concluding November 30, 2016.
The pilot is limited to 750 participants in the EV Pricing Plan and 750 participants in the EV + Home Pricing Plan.
The EV Pricing Plans are an additional pricing option that rewards you for charging your electric vehicle during off-peak periods. By using energy during off-peak periods rather than during on-peak periods, you can better manage your energy costs.
The EV Pricing Plans provide you with an incentive to change when and how you charge your electric vehicle. You should not expect money savings as a new appliance (your electric vehicle) has been added to your home. Money savings can be realized if your charging times and behavior change to off-peak periods.
Yes. You can continue your participation in Budget Billing. Remember that Budget Billing is a budgeting tool that helps avoid seasonal fluctuations in your bill. The budget amount is based on the average of the previous bills for the past 12 months at your address and then adjusted for current rates. Your account is reviewed periodically and your budget amounts may increase or decrease based on changes in usage or rates.
No. The pilot is entirely voluntary.
The EV Pricing Plans are similar to a time-of-use plan in that both vary based on the time of day. If you are currently on a time-of-use rate and are interested in going on an EV Pricing Plan call 1-866-566-6436. The EV Pricing Plans are a pilot, and after the pilot concludes you will return to your original pricing plan, unless those rates have been closed. Review a listing of Dominion's residential rates that are available.
Your participation in the EV Pricing Plan or the EV + Home Pricing Plan will coincide with your next billing period.
Once enrolled, you will remain in the pilot until November 30, 2016, unless you contact us to be removed.
When you are moving out of your home, we will automatically unenroll you from the EV Pricing Plan. You are responsible for removing all charging equipment from your home.
Call 1-866-566-6436 Monday thru Friday from 7am to 7pm to speak to a representative about the EV Pricing Plans.