Friday, March 29, 2013
The power outage is due to an equipment problem, according to Dominion Power.
More than 700 customers in the Burke area are currently without power, according to the Dominion Power Interactive Outage Map. The map viewer estimates approximately 750 customers along Burke Centre Parkway are without power as of 11 p.m. Friday. WTOP reported about 1,400 Burke customers lost power in Burke. The cause of the outage is due to an "equipment problem," according to the map. The estimated restoration time is between midnight and 2 a.m. Are you one of the Burke customers without power?
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Crew and trucks are ready to respond to calls throughout the storm heading toward the Northern Virginia area.
Dominion Virginia Power is expecting power outages considering the nature of the incoming storm. They've prepared their trucks and crews to service problem areas, said Le-Ha Anderson, manager for media and community relations, in a recent email to Patch. The Winter Storm Watch from the National Weather Service predicts "more than 5 inches possible with the potential for more than a foot somewhere within the watch area." Wet, heavy snow can weigh down tree limbs which can possibly make contact with power lines and cause power outages, Anderson explained. Dominion customers are encouraged to contact Dominion immediately at 1-866-DOM-HELP if they witness trees on power lines or leaning toward power lines. Anderson said it's best to stay away …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Punxsutawney Phil and Potomac Phil predicted an early spring, but it's still cold for many struggling to pay for heat in Fairfax County.
Punxsutawney Phil (and Potomac Phil) both predicted an early spring, but Alexandria is expecting a dusting of snow both Monday and Tuesday nights. That means temperatures are still wintry and heating bills are still high for residents in the area. (See this week's forecast here.) Dominion Virginia Power is reminding customers that assistance is available for high heating bills this winter through the utility company’s Energy Share grants. Eligible customers may get a one-time payout of up to $600 to offset heating costs this winter. More than 12,000 customers received assistance in 2012. To quality, customers must live in Dominion’s service area and meeting one of these criteria: Customers can call Dominion's customer service center at 1-…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Dominion Power is urging their customers to be prepared with food and an emergency plan.
With a National Weather Service winter storm watch in place for Thursday morning for Northern Virginia, personnel at Dominion Power, Fairfax County Public Schools and the Virginia Department of Transportation have their eyes glued to the weather forecasts. Le-Ha Anderson, a spokeswoman with Dominion Power, said the company is making sure their trucks are gassed up and ready to respond if there are any power outages. She said the utility company has a team of meteorologists that are tracking the storm for them. “Wet snow with some wind could cause some power outages,” Anderson said. “We do urge our customers to be prepared with an emergency plan with phone numbers and nonperishable food just in case there are some outages.” As the forecast …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Fewer than 2,000 Dominion customers in Northern Virginia remained without power Thursday morning.
Dominion Virginia Power this morning released a list of where crews will be working to restore power Thursday. The list is attached to this article as a pdf (available in the media box to the right). "Lists are based on early morning work plans for crews. However, needs often change during a major restoration and crews stay on the move. They may visit, leave and return to some locations, and may perform work at locations not shown on today's list," according to Dominion. The highest concentration of current outages are inside the Beltway, however many smaller outages exist across Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties and elsewhere. Dominion reported only about 1,700 customers without power in Northern Virginia as of Wednesday night…
Thursday, July 5, 2012
While waiting for the power to return, what was your most helpful item?
When a surprise derecho hit Northern Virginia Friday night, its winds downed trees and power lines, cutting off "juice" to thousands in the area. While most customers of Dominion Virginia Power are back up and running, there are still 13,000 homes without power in Northern Virginia Thursday morning, according to the company's latest figures. If you were in the dark after the derecho, what got you through? What was the one most useful item that made it bearable? A generator, a flashlight, a book, ice? Take our poll — and if you don't see your top item in the list, tell us about it in the comments box!
Monday, July 2, 2012
Sudden wind storm Friday night was one of the worst to hit Northern Virginia, leaving thousands without power.
In the aftermath of the powerful derecho storm that hit Northern Virginia Friday night, thousands are still without power three days later, suffering through high temperatures with no air-conditioning, watching food spoil and feeling disconnected without TV, Internet and in some cases phone service. On Monday afternoon, Dominion Power reported that about 160,000 in Northern Virginia were still without power. Many local residents checked into local hotels to escape the heat or found local coffee shops to charge up phones. Were you without power or are you still waiting for the lights to come back on? What do you miss most when the power goes out? Take our poll and feel free to add your comments about what you miss most when the power goes …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Monthly electric charges could drop to an average of $105 per household by September.
Gas prices may be going up and up, but cost of electricity, at least for Dominion customers, is dropping. The average household electricity bill is expected to drop to $105.90 in September, the company says, a 5.7 percent decrease from January 2012. The calculation is based on the an average use of 1,000 kilowatt-hours. The drop is owed largely to a decrease in Dominion's fuel rate. The proposed fuel rate is 2.706 cents per kilowatt-hour – a decrease of approximately 18 percent from the current fuel rate of 3.289 cents per kilowatt-hour, said Dominion spokeswoman Le-Ha Anderson. The adjustment is the lowest the company has proposed since 2007, Anderson said. It will result in an annual fuel revenue reduction of $388 million. In a company …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Ten winter energy saving tips from Virginia Dominion Power.
Dominion Power presented ten energy saving winter weather tips on their website. In summary: Weatherstripping and other insulation supplies may be purchased in Burke at Walmart and Target. What do you do around your home to save energy? Tell us in the comments.