Public Notices and Other News from Private Companies in Hanover

From time to time, Hanover County government receives information from private entities that we feel our citizens should be aware of.  This page is intended to relay that information.  Please know that Hanover County has no regulatory oversight over these businesses, but information is provided here about how you can contact the company if you have comments or questions.

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) rate increase proposed

Rate Increase:  REC has announced that on October 31, it expects to file with the State Corporation Commission an application seeking approval of a proposed increase in rates and charges for bills beginning January 1, 2023. Attached is the public notice. REC estimates that the average residential user will see an increase in their monthly bill of about $7.78 or approximately 4.1%. The company’s position is that the rate increase is “necessary to recover the cost of infrastructure investments that REC has made to its grid, and allow REC to continue to deliver reliable, sustainable service to its members.” The full letter can be read here. The Commission may convene a hearing to consider REC’s application, and if a hearing is held, the Commission may order rate relief, redesign rates or adopt tariff provisions which differ from those in REC’s application. You can contact REC about these proposed rates increases by calling 1-800-552-3904. The Board of Directors may be contacted at https://myrec.coop/leadership; click on a Board member’s name to email them.   

Aqua Virginia, Inc. rate increase proposed

Rate Increase:  Aqua Virginia has applied for approval of a Water and Wastewater Instructure Service Charge (“WWISC”) Plan and for authority to implement water and wastewater WWISC Riders. The proposed charge would be $0.3910 per 1000 gallons of water used and $0.5205 per 1,000 gallons of wastewater billed, to be applied across all customer classes. Also added to customer bills would be the company’s new Water WWISC and Wastewater WWISC Riders. A Hearing Examiner will hold a hearing by telephone on January 25, 2023, at 10 a.m. to receive public witness testimony. The Hearing Examiner will hold an evidentiary hearing immediately following the public witness hearing. This evidentiary hearing will be held in the Commission’s second floor courtroom, which is located in the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond VA 23219. Attached is the public notice of the proposed rate increases. The customer service number for Aqua Virginia is 877-987-2782.

Dominion Energy Elmont-Ladysmith project

Dominion Energy reports that it has become necessary to address an aging electric transmission line, which has been in operation for more than five decades, between their Ladysmith and Elmont substations located along an existing corridor in Caroline and Hanover counties. The 500 kilovolt (kV) line is approximately 26.2-miles in length and current proposed design requires no new right of way to rebuild to current electrical safety and electrical requirements. Here’s the map. The SCC issued a final order approving the project on April 29, 2022. For more information you can call Dominion Energy at (888) 291-0190 or email [email protected]

Comcast

Comcast has notified the County of changes to the programming network G4. Attached is their letter. According to the letter customers are receiving notice of these changes in their bills.