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Dominion Proposes Largest Electric School Bus Initiative in the Country

On August 29th, NVTC was pleased to host Dominion Energy for the public announcement of their “Dominion Energy Electric School Bus Program.” The event took place at the Center for Innovative Technology and included comments from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D); Tom Farrell, Chairman, President and CEO of Dominion Energy; Ben Kiser, Executive Director of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents; Donna Colombo, President of the Virginia PTA; Bob Perciasepe, President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions; and NVTC’s CEO Bobbie Kilberg. Local area technology company executives, members of the press, and the general public were all in attendance to support this unique program focused on reducing emissions to provide cleaner, healthier air both inside and outside of the bus.

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Under the program Dominion Energy will offset the additional costs of an electric school bus, including charging infrastructure, above the cost of a standard diesel bus. This means school districts will pay the same as they would to replace a regular diesel bus but will experience the additional benefits of creating a healthier environment for their students and benefit from the reduced operational and maintenance costs associated with electric buses.

This is all part of Dominion Energy’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions while enhancing grid reliability through public-private partnerships. The initial phase of the program will have 50 buses fully operational within Dominion Energy’s Virginia service territory by the end of 2020 – all without any charge in prices paid by customers.

With state approval, phase two of the project, would expand the program to bring 1,000 electric buses online by 2025. Once phase two is fully implemented, the buses batteries could provide enough energy to power more than 10,000 homes. Phase three would set the goal to have 50 percent of all diesel bus replacement be electric by 2025 and 100 percent of bus replacements be electric by 2030.

For more information please visit Dominion Energy.