The proposal, which passed Friday on a bipartisan 67-32 vote, would allow renewable energy firms to compete with utilities to supply customers with clean power.
Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power are each pursuing pilot projects in which high-speed fiber connections are shared with local internet service providers.
Dominion Energy’s latest attempt at a time-of-use program has earned some praise from solar advocates.
An analysis warns that market forces and policy changes put the underperforming Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center on a path to abrupt closure.
NRDC policy director Walton Shepherd says the utility over-relies on blockbuster projects that do more for its image and bottom line than for customers.