Outsized Influence of Dominion Energy


Dominion rules: How the Richmond-based utility company became one of the most influential political forces in Virginia, a special report published on October 13, 2017, by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Last month, in a decision that could allow the Richmond-based monopoly to reap an estimated $1 billion windfall, the Virginia Supreme Court confirmed that the General Assembly can constitutionally freeze electric rates. The series explores the utility’s transformation and political power – and what that means for the company’s 2.5 million customers.

  • Part 1: After epic corporate feud, energy giant Dominion emerges to dominate regulators, legislators, including attempted coup, Dominion takes control
  • Part 2: Virginia’s regulatory landscape turns upside down, as SCC loses sway at General Assembly, including ‘They attacked the messenger,’ ‘They’re not the problem – it’s the General Assembly’
  • Part 3: Is Dominion’s grip on political power at a crossroads? including ‘A policy area with massive implications,’ A changing landscape for a power player
  • The People: A man of influence, Dominion Energy chairman and CEO’s reach is long in state, regional affairs
  • Dominion executives political donations
  • Dominion: Who’s who?

The link to the series includes links to the different parts of the report as well as to a podcast of reporters Michael Martz and Robert Zullo discussing their series of stories about Dominion Energy, tracing the company’s rise from its creation by Virginia Power in the early ’80s to its growth into one of the most powerful forces in Virginia politics.