The Virginia State Corporation Commission has approved a new pilot program for a "Standby Generation Control System" proposed by Virginia Electric and Power Co. The system would allow the utility to dispatch customer-owned generators at periods of system peak demand. In return the utility will maintain, repair, and test the facilities at no cost to plant owners, as well as provide fuel (including natural gas).
The commission denied allegations that the new service would compete unfairly against unregulated firms already providing services to utility customers with onsite generation. But it agreed to limit the program's coverage to gas-fired plant, because of concern over how it might affect the state's natural gas utilities. Re Va. Elec. & Pwr. Co., Case No. PUE940057, June 19, 1995 (Va.S.C.C.).
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