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Monday, January 10, 2022
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In Dominion Energy’s quest to get regulators to approve the large-scale rollout of smart meters to Virginia customers, the fourth time was the charm. Friday, after three earlier rejections, the Virginia State Corporation Commission signed off on a proposal by the electric utility to replace roughly 1.1 million existing meters with newer technology that can allow customers to adjust their energy usage based on real-time data. The project, which was included in the utility’s latest Grid Transformation Plan, will cost $198.3 million and bring Dominion close to a full deployment of smart meters in Virginia by 2023. Replacement of the final 250,000 to 300,000 existing non-smart meters will be proposed as part of the company’s next plan, which would lead to full deployment by 2024.