Dominion Energy Virginia has launched its new grid transformation programme, with an objective to have 3GW solar and wind power by 2022.

As part of this initiative, the energy company has filed its first set of the plans under Grid Transformation & Security Act (GTSA) to the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) for the approval.

The regulatory filing includes programmes, investments and costs included in the first three years of the 10-year grid transformation programme.

Going further, Dominion Energy Virginia intends to submit an updated plan to SCC and request approval of additional programmes.

"Dominion Energy plans to develop a system that meets the increasingly complex demands and expectations of our customers."

The GTSA legislation, which was signed by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, became effective from 1 July this year and provides a roadmap for Virginia’s energy future.

Dominion Energy Power Delivery senior vice-president Ed Baine said: “Thanks to the Grid Transformation & Security Act, Dominion Energy plans to develop a system that meets the increasingly complex demands and expectations of our customers.”

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The law is expected to provide a new platform for new and additional investments in renewable energy segment as well as incorporating smart grid smart grid technologies and implementing a stronger, more secure grid and energy efficiency programmes.

The GSTA includes provisions for millions of dollars in bill credits, rate reductions for customers, and expansion of the EnergyShare programme in order to support most vulnerable citizens in the state.

GSTA also provides a provision for testing wind turbines off the coast of Virginia Beach in the near future.

In the filing submitted to SCC, Dominion Energy has included a proposal to add 240MW of solar energy in Virginia.

Later this year, the company also intends to seek SCC approval for its proposed Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project.