Dominion Energy

InfluenceMap Score
D
Performance Band
55%
Organisation Score
33%
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:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Dominion Energy is lobbying on US climate policy with mostly negative policy positions. As of 2021, Dominion has not stated a strong position on climate change and in 2019 emphasized technological limitations and economic challenges in the IPCC-demanded response to the crisis.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Dominion Energy demonstrates limited top-line messaging on climate change. In 2018, Dominion’s Executive Chairman and former CEO Thomas Farrell appeared to support the Paris Climate Agreement. Farrell also stated some support for a potential price on carbon in 2019. While in 2019 Farrell appeared to support economy-wide emissions reduction measures, he also appears to have questioned the technological and economic feasibility of IPCC-consistent emissions reductions. However, the company appeared to support a net-zero future in a 2020 tweet.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: In 2019, Dominion Energy joined the CEO Climate Dialogue, a coalition advocating for a price on carbon, though the company did not express explicit support for a carbon tax. Dominion disclosed an undecided position on a carbon tax in its 2018 CDP questionnaire, stating it “remains engaged with other utilities that have supported creation of a federal economy-wide greenhouse gas reduction program in the past.” In 2019, Dominion criticized the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a multi-state emissions trading scheme, and opposed Virginia’s move to join RGGI 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, with stated support for solar energy legislation in its CDP response, while in 2018 challenging a Virginia ruling that could push further adoption of renewable energy by utilities. The utility supported the Clean Economy Act in Virginia in 2020, although this was reportedly less ambitious than alternative plans proposed in the state. On the other hand, Dominion reiterated its support for US federal methane regulation in 2019.

Positioning on Energy Transition: In 2020, Dominion generally communicated support for a permanent role for natural gas in the energy mix, as evident in a comment during a press interview. In 2019, Dominion CEO Thomas Farrell stated support for a long-term role for natural gas in the energy mix. A 2020 press release supports 'fuel diversity', suggesting a long-term role for natural gas in the energy mix and an unspecified role for renewables. Dominion appeared to oppose measures related to electrification of buildings in Ohio in 2020 in an apparent effort to safeguard the role of natural gas. The company stated support for transportation electrification in Virginia in 2020, while Dominion simultaneously supported federal EV policies in Congress. 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 modelled after the Critical Infrastructure Act drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Industry Association Governance: Dominion has disclosed a list of trade associations which it is a member of, but has not made clear the climate positions of the groups or the role that Dominion plays in the organizations. 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 actively opposing US Climate Policy, including the US Chamber of Commerce and the Consumer Energy Alliance. Dominion is also a member of the Edison Electric Institute, where its Executive Chairman and CEO Thomas Farrell sits on the Board of Directors.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures
Communication of Climate Science
0 NS NS NS -1 NS NS
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
NS 1 NA NS NS 1 0
Supporting the Need for Regulations
1 1 NS 1 1 1 1
Support of UN Climate Process
1 NS NS NS NS 2 NS
Transparency on Legislation
0 NA 2 NA NA NA NS
Carbon Tax
NS NS 1 NS 0 0 NS
Emissions Trading
NS NS -1 1 -1 -1 NS
Energy and Resource Efficiency
NS NS 1 -1 NS NS NS
Renewable Energy
0 NS 1 0 -1 NS 1
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
-1 1 2 -1 0 -1 NS
GHG Emission Regulation
1 0 1 -1 1 2 0
Disclosure on Relationships
0 NS -1 NA NA NA NS
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
35%
 
35%
 
52%
 
52%
 
26%
 
26%
 
27%
 
27%
 
23%
 
23%

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.