Energy Democracy for Virginia — Summer Virtual Workshop Series

This summer we are hosting a series of virtual workshops on energy democracy in Virginia that will explore how individuals and local communities can engage more democratically with their electric utility.

Electricity is an essential part of 21st century life, so each of us should have greater influence over where our electricity comes from and how much it costs. “Energy Democracy” means having more control over how the power we use makes its way into our homes, businesses, schools and other buildings.

Join us and others in your community for an interactive video workshop on your energy system. Learn how customers and members of the different types of utilities (municipally-owned, investor-owned and member-owned electric cooperatives) can build energy democracy in their communities!

Among other things, we will cover:

  • Where your power comes from
  • Who decides where energy resources are located
  • What factors determine your electricity bill
  • How you can hold your utility accountable

*Attendance in each workshop will be limited to 30 people, so be sure to RSVP. A computer and internet connection will be required in order to participate in group sessions. We acknowledge many Virginians do not have reliable internet service, and are currently exploring some phone-only workshop formats. Check back often for updates, and email emily@appvoices.org with questions.

Workshop Schedule

Because the issues facing customers are different in different regions of the state, we encourage you to find your utility or region below and sign up to attend the workshop that most closely addresses your needs. Please feel free to join any session. The regional focus of each is intended to connect you to others who are active on energy issues in your area.

Rural Electric Co-ops

JUNE 23
6:00 – 8:00 pm
This event is intended for members of Rappahannock & Shenandoah Valley Electric Co-ops.
Missed this event? Email emily@appvoices.org to ask for a PDF of our slides and other resources.

JUNE 24
6:00 – 8:00 pm
This event is intended for members of BARC, Central Virginia, Craig Botetourt & Powell Valley Electric Co-ops.
Missed this event? Email emily@appvoices.org to ask for a PDF of our slides and other resources.

JUNE 25
6:00 – 8:00 pm
This event is intended for members of A&N, Community, Mecklenburg, Northern Neck, Northern Virginia, Prince George, and Southside Electric Co-ops.
Missed this event? Email emily@appvoices.org to ask for a recording of this session, a PDF of our slides and other resources

Municipal Utilities

Dates & regions TBD; check for updates!

Investor Owned Utilities

DOMINION ENERGY WORKSHOPS

July 21
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Suggested regional focus: Shenandoah Valley, Piedmont and Central Virginia.
Register here

July 22
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Suggested regional focus: Richmond and surrounding counties.
Register here

August 4
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Suggested regional focus: Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads and Southside
Register here

August 5
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Suggested regional focus: Northern Virginia
Register here

APPALACHIAN POWER WORKSHOPS

Dates & regions TBD; check for updates!