Dominion and its employees have received awards and recognition regarding environmental, social, and economic performance and activities. Select a year below to learn more.
EPA Selects Dominion Virginia Power As a 2013 Green Power Supplier of the Year
Dominion Virginia Power has been named a 2013 Green Power Supplier of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The award recognizes green power suppliers that are leaders in offering voluntary renewable energy to their customers.
Since the Dominion Green Power program's inception in 2009, participants have supported more than 593,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy. The generation of this green power has prevented the same amount of carbon dioxide from entering the air as removing 80,400 average cars from the road for one year, or the equivalent environmental impact of planting 10.7 million trees that grow to maturity. (> Learn more.)
Dominion receives Chairman’s Stewardship Award
The 2013 Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission presented the Chairman’s Stewardship Award to Dominion during the commission’s annual meeting in Long Beach, Calif. Dominion was recognized for returning Cove Point Marsh, designated as one of Maryland’s Natural Heritage areas, to its natural habitat after the 2006 Nor’easter storm. The award represents the commission’s highest honor for exemplary efforts by an organization in environmental stewardship. (> Learn more.)
Dominion East Ohio’s Home Energy Audit Program wins Federal Energy Star ‘Partner of the Year’ Award
Dominion East Ohio’s Home Performance with Energy Star energy audit program has been named a 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award winner. Officials of the U.S. Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency recognized Dominion East Ohio for successfully implementing its audit program in a new market. The program provides whole-house energy audits by auditors certified by the Building Performance Institute.
Customers receive auditors’ recommendations of needed energy efficiency improvement measures, such as installing additional insulation or upgrading appliances. Participating customers are eligible for rebates upon completion of recommended energy efficiency measures. Under a Dominion East Ohio subsidy, customers can obtain an audit, valued at $500, for just $50.
Dominion East Ohio’s home audit program supports 120 participating contractors and completed 2,492 energy efficiency improvement projects in 2012. Since its inception, the program also has reduced natural gas usage of an estimated 80,214 thousand cubic feet and provided rebates to customers on qualifying improvements in excess of $1.7 million.
Leading Edge Award for Excellence in Economic Progress
A commitment to environmental stewardship has resulted in Dominion Cove Point LNG winning the 2011 College of Southern Maryland "Leading Edge Award for Excellence in Economic Progress." Dominion takes on ecological projects in the area and recently completed the restoration of the Cove Point freshwater marsh. Earlier this year, the company partnered with the National Aquarium in Baltimore, which corralled hundreds of Southern Maryland students and community volunteers to help plant dune grasses in order to restore the sand dunes, which will further protect the shoreline and marsh.
The Cove Point facility also has a "green" administration building. Constructed in 2007 in accordance with standards set by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the building uses 32 percent less energy than a typical office building.
Crayne Station Earns Energy Star Award
Dominion Transmission’s Crayne compressor station in Waynesburg, Pa., has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with an Energy Star Combined Heat and Power award. The award is presented to facilities that “demonstrate leadership and a commitment to protecting peoples’ health and the environment“ by using combined heat and power, or CHP, technology.
At Crayne, three microturbines have been generating up to 195 kW of electricity since 2004—enough power to meet 100 percent of the station's electricity demand. The turbines that power the station's gas compressors are fueled with gas from the pipeline. Heat from the CHP system is used to warm raw gas chilled during the decompression process when it is taken from the pipeline.With an operating efficiency of almost 73 percent, the CHP system at Crayne requires about 25 percent less fuel than a typical system with similar output and prevents an estimated 440 tons of CO2 emissions annually, equivalent to the emissions of about 80 passenger vehicles.
Dominion Named "Hero of the Chesapeake Bay"
On May 27, 2010, the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Foundation named Dominion "Hero of the Chesapeake Bay" for its continuing support of environmental programs in the Bay, particularly the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative (MARI), "a 21st century project whose contributions to the proliferation of fisheries and other marine life in the Chesapeake Bay are unrivaled." (> More details.)
Oil & Gas Reclamation Award
Dominion received the first-place Oil & Gas Reclamation Award from the West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection, Office of Oil & Gas. Dominion was recognized for its superior environmental business practices in the field. Dominion also was recognized for meeting strict criteria of maintaining a natural habitat for wildlife, vegetation growth to prevent erosion, and a water quality management system that surrounds the land where each well is drilled and operated.
Advocacy Excellence Award
Dominion's Project Plant It! program won an Advocacy Excellence Award from the Edison Electric Institute, or EEI. The program was selected by an independent committee of public affairs professionals for an "Outstanding Achievement" award as a multi-state environmental program. The Advocacy Excellence Awards highlight EEI member companies' engagement and activism in public policy advocacy at federal, state, and local levels.
Energy Star Leadership Award
Dominion Virginia Power was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a 2009 Energy Star Leadership in Housing award. The award recognizes DVP's efforts to promote energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by sponsoring an "Energy Star for New Homes" pilot program in its service area last year. The company worked with 24 local builders to build more than 90 Energy Star-qualified houses.
U.S. EPA's Coal Combustion Products Partnership Environmental Achievement Award
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Coal Combustion Products Partnership, or C2P2, presented Dominion with an environmental achievement award for its carbon burnout projects at Chesapeake Energy Center and Brayton Point Power Station. Dominion and PMI Ash Technologies jointly won the award for the installation and commercial operation of carbon burnout facilities at the two stations. Carbon burnout, or CBO, is a technology that extracts residual energy from coal ash, producing ash that can be re-used as a partial replacement for Portland cement in concrete and blended cements. Use of this technology reduces greenhouse gas emissions, conserves natural resources and energy, saves disposal space and is cost effective.
Silver Level LEED Certification
Cove Point's Administration Building received Silver Level Certification under the Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Silver Medal
Chesapeake Energy Center in Chesapeake, Virginia was recognized for its Carbon Burn-Out process -- proprietary technology in which fly ash is processed and reused as a partial replacement for Portland cement in concrete and blended cements. The awards recognize significant contributions of environmental and conservation leaders in three categories: environmental projects, environmental programs and land conservation.
Clean Streams & Excellence in Erosion Control Award
Dominion Transmission received the Clean Streams & Excellence in Erosion Control Award from Centre County, Pa. The recognized the company for activities conducted during construction of part of the Cove Point Expansion Project in the county.
Utility Arborist of the Year Award
Dale Crutchfield, Dominion's Distribution Forestry technical consultant, was named Utility Arborist of the Year by the Utility Arborist Association -- a professional affiliate of the International Society of Arboriculture. The international award is related to numerous safety standards Crutchfield has helped set in the field of arboriculture.
John Schied Erosion Control Award
The John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District selected Dominion for the 2007 John Schied Erosion Control Award in recognition of outstanding site management during installation and maintenance of erosion and sediment control practices at the Brister Switching Station project in Virginia.
Best Operated Wastewater Treatment Works Award
Dominion's Kincaid Power Station in Illinois was honored by the Illinois EPA with a Best Operated Wastewater Treatment Works award in April 2007. The station was nominated from among 1,594 facilities throughout the state. The award gives public recognition and encouragement to industries and personnel who have operated their wastewater facilities in an effective manner.
Elizabeth River Project Model Level Award
The Elizabeth River Project recognized the Chesapeake Energy Center as a facility that led the community in environmental stewardship through exceptional results in pollution prevention and wildlife habitat and mentoring others. Over its nine years of participation in the Elizabeth River Project, the facility has installed equipment to allow its fly ash to be used as a cement additive instead of being sent to a landfill, upgraded stormwater systems, improved fugitive dust controls, reduced nitrogen oxide emissions by 74 percent and placed 24 percent of the property into a Land Conservation Understanding.
Drilling and Reclamation Practices Second Place Award
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection awarded Dominion E&P with second place for its superior business practices in the construction and reclamation of well locations. This recognition was received this award while drilling a record 191 wells in 2006.
Massachusetts Corporate Wetlands Partnership and Coastal America Environmental Stewardship Award
Dominion Energy New England was recognized with an environmental stewardship award for the company's support of the "Labor-in-Vain Brook" wetlands restoration project near Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Ma. The grant was used to restore a natural tidal wetlands area.
Petro Partner Award
The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board presented Dominion Exploration and Production, Oklahoma City, the Petro Partner Award. Dominion volunteers gave energy presentations in 18 communities across the state, teaching students science and engineering concepts through the study of energy.
Corporate Community Service Award
The Boy Scouts of America's Connecticut Rivers Council honored the Millstone Power Station with the 2006 Corporate Community Service Award for outstanding leadership. The station has hosted Boy Scout merit badge activities for more than a decade.
Proud Partner Award
The Houston Mayor's "Proud Partner" award recognized Dominion Exploration and Production employees for volunteer projects at the Sims Bayou Nature Center as part of "Putting our Energy to Work for the Environment."
Business Award for Stewardship in the Community
The Greater Park Place Community Development Corporation in Houston presented Dominion Exploration and Production with the Business Award for Stewardship in the Community for volunteer projects conducted in the area.
Fairfax County Certificate of Recognition
The Fairfax County, Virginia Board of Supervisors presented a certificate of recognition to Dominion for its work with regional groups to enhance the Washington and Old Dominion Trail. Dominion volunteers built three informational kiosks, planted 100 trees and removed invasive species.
MMS District SAFE Award for Excellence
Dominion Exploration and Production has been named a winner of the 2005 District SAFE Award for Excellence in the Lake Charles, Louisiana, district by the Minerals Management Service. The MMS District SAFE awards recognize companies committed to safely conducting their operations in the Gulf of Mexico by adhering to all regulatory requirements and by training and motivating their personnel.
Drilling and Reclamation Practices Award
Dominion E&P received an award for 1st Place in Category I from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for 2005 Drilling and Reclamation Practices. This award is for superior business practices (as evaluated by DEP Inspectors) in construction and reclamation of well locations.
West Virginia Business Environmental Leadership Award
Dominion received a 2005 West Virginia Business Environmental Leadership Award for environmental stewardship. Sponsors of the award are the Contractors Association of West Virginia, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, West Virginia Economic Development Council, West Virginia Manufacturers Association, West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association and West Virginia Roundtable. Dominion's efforts include partnerships with environmental organizations, employee volunteer programs, land donations to conservation districts, and education grants.
Most Improved Award from West Virginia
The North Branch Power Station received the most improved award from the state of West Virginia in 2005. After purchasing the station, Dominion retooled and restarted the station. The environmental issues of the past were addressed, with water discharges properly controlled and stringent air emissions limits in place.
FWS Conservation Service Award
The Roanoke Rapids/Gaston relicensing process utilized a collaborative approach as opposed to the traditional approach toward identifying and addressing potential environmental issues associated with relicensing of the hydroelectric project. The collaborative approach provides for input and solutions to problems using all stakeholders and a group consensus model. While it might take longer to get the consensus, the result is a license in which every stakeholder has been a participant and for which all have a sense of ownership. Dominion was recognized in 2004 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in Region 3 for its efforts in the relicensing process and was awarded the FWS Conservation Service Award, which is the highest award for non-federal employees or groups that is given by the FWS.
Fly Fishers of Virginia, Taylor Turner Conservation Award
Dominion was awarded this honor by the Fly Fishers of Virginia in February 2004 for its fisheries conservation efforts, including: game fish tagging program, volunteer work improving access to a popular trout stream, and plans to spend more than $1.2 billion on environmental improvements to our coal-powered stations in Virginia and West Virginia. The Taylor Turner Conservation Award was designed to honor individuals or organizations that have made a valuable contribution to the preservation of fisheries and waterways in Virginia. This new conservation award is named after former club president and long time member, Taylor F. Turner Jr.
West Virginia DEP Environmental Award
Dominion's Mt. Storm Power Station won an award in the "Most Improved" category from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in 2004 for industries with more than 100 employees. The award recognized the Grant County station for its efforts to reduce emissions, including the installation of state-of-the-art pollution control devices on all three units. The devices include two SO2 scrubbers and three selective catalytic reduction systems for controlling NOx emissions. (Unit 3 already had an SO2 scrubber.) In 2003, the station reduced its SO2 emissions by more than 95 percent. With the use of selective catalytic reduction systems on Units 1 and 2 during ozone season last year, NOx emissions were reduced by more than 90 percent.
Platinum Award for Pretreatment Excellence
Yorktown Power Station received the Platinum Award for Pretreatment Excellence in 2004 from the Hampton Roads Sanitation District. The Platinum Award signifies five years of excellence compliance from 1998-2003. Each of these years, Yorktown Power Station won either the gold or the silver award.
National Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE)
In 2001, Dominion won the Safety Award for Excellence, granted by the U.S. Department of the Interior Minerals Management Service. We are the only company that has been nominated to this award program for six consecutive years. The award recognizes and commends companies that expend extra effort to conduct operations in a safe and pollution free manner by adhering to all regulations, employing trained and motivated personnel, and going the extra mile to enhance safety and environmental protection.
2002 Safe Operations and Accurate Reporting Award (SOAR)
Dominion Exploration & Production Inc. won the 2002 Safe Operations and Accurate Reporting Award from the Minerals Management Service. The SOAR Award periodically recognizes OCS lessees that are outstanding in the areas of offshore operating performance and fiscal responsibility. An MMS SOAR recipient must be judged by MMS to be among the best OCS "citizens." The determination of who is the best is based on two primary considerations — operational safety and financial reporting.
Edison Electric Institute National Land Management Award
Clover Power Station received the Edison Electric Institute National Land Management Award for its artificial wetland, which was created during the construction of the power station. The Institute noted, "Every aspect of the Clover Power Station was designed to minimize environmental impacts and maximize environmental enhancement."
Green Circle Environmental Award
Millstone Power Station won the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Circle Environmental Award in 2001 for achieving ISO 14001 Certification for its Environmental Management System. The station won the award again in 2002 for its environmental volunteerism. The Green Circle Environmental Award recognizes businesses, institutions, individuals and civic organizations who have undertaken pollution prevention, waste reduction or other projects promoting natural resource conservation and environmental awareness.
Oil & Gas Reclamation Award
Dominion Exploration & Production Inc. won this award from the West Virginia DEP, Office of Oil & Gas. The award was based on well drilling operations from July 2002 to December 2003. DEPI won first place in category one, which is the largest and most competitive category, for its superior environmental practices used in its drilling operations. These include maintaining a natural habitat for wildlife, vegetation growth to prevent erosion and a good drainage ditch system.
2002 Chairman’s Stewardship Award
Dominion received this award from the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission for its donation of 477 acres of extraordinary ecological habitat, known as Bear Rocks, to The Nature Conservancy of West Virginia.
Southern Gas Association’s Community Service Award
Dominion received second place in the Southern Gas Association’s Community Service Award for its 2001 "Putting Our Energy to Work for the Environment" program.
2000 United States Department of the Interior’s Conservation Service Award
Dominion, as a member of the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC), accepted this award from President Clinton for the Committee’s Avian Protection Program. Dominion performs research aimed at protecting birds from electrocution due to transmission line collisions.