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Virginia regulators deny Walmart request to leave Dominion utility service

February 26, 2019

The SCC’s decision in the Walmart case illustrates the regulatory difficulty of balancing the needs of different customer classes.

In Virginia, customers must buy electricity from their incumbent utility unless they have a demand greater than 5 MW or are purchasing 100% renewable energy not offered by their utility.

Commercial customers may also aggregate the demand of their facilities to more than 5 MW and apply with regulators to shop for power from third parties. In this case, the company sought to combine the demand of more than 160 Walmart and Sam’s Club stores in the state.

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