Corporate

Renewable Initiatives and Programs

Renewable Energy Research and Development Grants Awarded to Virginia Universities, Colleges

Dominion Virginia Power has selected several Virginia universities to receive renewable energy research and development funding totaling $1.4 million from Dominion Virginia Power, as part of the company's new R&D Partnership Program. (> View news release for details.)

Recipients include:

  • Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, Va., $95,000:  Removing Barriers to the Development of Onshore Wind Energy in Virginia
  • Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Va., $50,000:  Overview of Offshore Wind Energy in the United States and the European Union
  • George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus, Ashburn, Va., $150,000 over 2 years: High-Efficiency Intermediate-Band Solar Cells with Quantum Dots 
  • Longwood University, Farmville, Va., $50,000:  Biomass Optimization Prototype
  • Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va., $500,000 over 3 years:  Development of a Test Facility for Photovoltaic Systems
  • Virginia State University, Ettrick, Va., $150,000 over 2 years:  Green Roof Initiative
  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va., $300,000 over 3 years:  Center for Natural Resources Assessment and Decision Support
  • Virginia Union University, Richmond, Va., $150,000 over 2 years:  Sustainable Design Strategies

For more details about each project, select "Renewable Energy Research and Development Grants" below.

Select a topic:

Renewable Energy Research and Development Grants

As featured in the news release dated Jan. 16, 2013, projects receiving Renewable Energy Research and Development Grants are detailed below. Dominion is discussing potential additional projects with the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and George Mason University in Fairfax.

Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, Va., $95,000

Removing Barriers to the Development of Onshore Wind Energy in Virginia

An analysis of the legal, regulatory, policy, and public opinion obstacles and opportunities for onshore wind development in Virginia, primarily with respect to siting and permitting. This includes cataloging the policy incentives and disincentives that exist for permitting and siting onshore wind facilities.

Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Va., $50,000

Overview of Offshore Wind Energy in the United States and the European Union

The study will focus on drivers, incentives, mandates, and other market considerations that affect the supply and demand for offshore wind energy.

George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus, Ashburn, Va., $150,000 over 2 years

High-Efficiency Intermediate-Band Solar Cells with Quantum Dots

Motivated by advancements in nanotechnology, this project will seek to engineer solar cells that will use the unique properties of quantum dots to raise conversion efficiency of solar light into electricity.

Longwood University, Farmville, Va., $50,000

Biomass Optimization Prototype

A multi-phase project to develop a prototype biomass processing plant with the goal of improving the energy gained from the biomass when burned. RPS R&D funding will support Phase 1 Pre-planning Study to identify the most efficient and sustainable way of processing, drying, and storing biomass.

Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va., $500,000 over 3 years

Development of a Test Facility for Photovoltaic Systems 

Establishes a test facility to study issues related to economics, operation, maintenance, and performance of large-scale solar installations. Areas of study include 1) Cost and operational comparison of various solar mounting structures; 2) Side-by-side comparison of different photovoltaic technologies; and 3) Real time analysis of performance degradation of solar tracking systems.

Virginia State University, Ettrick, Va., $150,000 over 2 years

Green Roof Initiative

This study seeks to combine green roof and alternative energy technologies in novel ways to improve both the energy efficiency of buildings and the sustainable use of water for irrigation.

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va., $300,000 over 3 years

Center for Natural Resources Assessment and Decision Support

Supports the establishment of a new center with a goal of ensuring that the forests of Virginia are used and managed sustainably so they may continue to provide an array of products and services for the benefit of current and future generations.

Virginia Union University, Richmond, Va., $150,000 over 2 years

Sustainable Design Strategies

The project will collect baseline energy usage data at campus facilities. This information will later be used in the design of energy efficient buildings and to conduct comparative analysis of sustainable design strategies.

 

Solar Partnership Program

Dominion Virginia Power's Solar Partnership Program encourages and supports the growth of solar energy in Virginia in partnership with our customers.  The program is comprised of two SCC-approved demonstration projects:

  • Solar Generation Project - This program allows the construction and operation of company-owned solar generation facilities at various commercial, industrial and public government locations. The purpose of the demonstration is to assess the benefits solar-distributed generation has on the company’s system.

  • Solar Purchase Program - This is a rate program for Dominion customers who own solar generation installations. It will allow qualifying solar customer-generators to sell all of their solar generation to the company at a fixed price of 15 cents per kilowatt-hour for a period of five years and to purchase all of their electricity from the company on their current rate schedule.
Offshore Wind

View the following news releases:

Three Coal Stations to be Converted to Biomass

On March 16, 2012, Dominion Virginia Power received approval from the Virginia State Corporation Commission to convert three Virginia power stations from using coal to using biomass, a renewable energy source. The conversions would provide environmental and customer benefits and generate statewide economic development benefits of up to $120 million annually when compared to continued operations on coal.

The power stations in Altavista, Hopewell and Southampton County, which would generate about 51 megawatts each, are nearly identical and went into operation in 1992. The conversions are expected to begin burning biomass by the end of 2013.

Green Power Programs
Alternative Energy Research & Development

Dominion’s Alternative Energy Solutions (AES) group serves as the hub for all things related to green and emerging energy technology research and development.

AES consists of three departments:

  • Research & Program Development conducts technology research in renewable energy, conservation and load management to support the company’s operating segments and act as an in-house information resource
  • Policy & Business Evaluation assesses potential investment opportunities and partnerships in the alternative energy space, as well as the legal and regulatory implications for Dominion
  • Financial Analysis models different investment options, analyzes federal and state incentives and subsidies and looks at customer economics and engineering issues.

Technologies Under Review

Examples of alternative energy technologies under review by AES include:

  • Offshore wind
  • Solar photovoltaic
  • Distributed generation
  • Fuel cells
  • Smart microgrid

Dominion Resources Innovation Center

The goal of the Dominion Resources Innovation Center, founded in 2009, is to provide start-ups and early-stage companies with mentoring, engaged guidance, and business support services so that those ventures will become financially successful, high-growth companies in Hanover County, Va.

Dominion Resources Innovation Center

Related Links

NYSE : (April 16, 2014) D 71.53 0.96