Dominion Energy

InfluenceMap Score
D
Performance Band
55%
Organisation Score
34%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Utilities
Head​quarters:
Richmond, United States
Brands and Associated Companies
Dominion Generation, Dominion Energy, Dominion Exploration and Production
Official Web Site:

Dominion Energy is lobbying on US climate policy with mostly negative policy positions. Dominion has stated that it supports climate change policy but tends to emphasize technological limitations and economic challenges over the IPCC-demanded response to the crisis.

Dominion Energy appears to support a carbon tax through its participation in the CEO Climate Dialogue. However, Dominion opposed Virginia’s move to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative after the state lowered its starting cap on emissions. While Dominion commended Virginia’s 2018 Grid Transformation and Security Act, a policy aiming to bolster solar power and energy efficiency, the utility shows otherwise mixed positions on renewable energy. In 2016, it stated strong support for renewable portfolio standards in Virginia and North Carolina but pushed to weaken renewable portfolio standards in 2014 and 2016 Clean Power Plan consultations. In 2016, Dominion criticized the "greater and unreasonable" emissions reductions proposed for certain states under the Clean Power Plan. It also advocated for the use of carbon intensity rather than absolute emissions as a reductions benchmark in the plan. On the other hand, Dominion reiterated its support for federal methane regulation in 2019.

Dominion Energy’s stance on the energy transition might be summarized by its ongoing commitment to ‘fuel diversity.' Despite communicating support for the transition from coal to gas, Dominion CEO Thomas Farrell stated in 2015 that fossil fuels will make up 75-80% of the US energy mix for 'at least the next several decades.' Dominion’s support for 'fuel diversity' suggests a long-term role for natural gas in the energy mix and an uncertain role for renewables. Its 2018 Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report notes that a renewable-powered grid would be “extremely difficult” without nuclear power. In 2020, a Dominion lobbyist introduced the idea for legislation in West Virginia that would criminalize environmental protests against fossil fuel infrastructure. The bill is modeled after the Critical Infrastructure Act drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

It is unclear if Dominion remains a member of ALEC following public pressure to withdraw from the organization. However, Dominion is a member of a number of US trade associations aggressively opposing US Climate Policy, including the US Chamber of Commerce and the Consumer Energy Alliance. Diane Leopold, Co-Chief Operating Officer of Dominion Energy, currently serves as Chair of the American Gas Association.

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DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency
0 NS NS NS -1 NS NS NA
Climate Science Stance
NS NS NA NS NS 0 0 NA
Need for Climate Regulation
1 NS NS 1 1 1 1 NA
UN Treaty Support
NS NS NS NS NS 1 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
0 NA 2 NA NA NA NS NS
Carbon Tax
NS NS 1 NS 0 0 NS NA
Emissions Trading
NS NS -1 0 0 -1 NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards
NS NS 1 0 NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation
2 NS 1 0 0 NS 1 NA
Energy Policy and Mix
0 0 2 -1 0 0 NS NA
GHG Emission Standards
0 0 1 0 0 0 0 NA
Disclosure on Relationships
0 NS -1 NA NA NA NS NS
Strength of Relationship
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WEAK
 
36%
 
36%
 
42%
 
42%
 
25%
 
25%
 
23%
 
23%
 
23%
 
23%
 
50%
 
50%

How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.