News room

Welcome to the Virginia Energy Choice newsroom.

The newsroom is your one-stop information source about the restructuring of the Commonwealth’s electricity and natural gas markets. We hope you will visit this page often so that we may provide you with up-to-date, factual material on the new way in which Virginians may purchase their energy services.

The Virginia Energy Choice media kit is the first place to start to learn more about Virginia’s new competitive energy market. The kit includes Frequently Asked Questions about Virginia Energy Choice, a list of Questions Consumers Should Ask when choosing an energy supplier, an Energy Comparison Worksheet, an Energy Restructuring Timeline, and information on the State Corporation Commission.

You must have a media player installed on your computer to view any television clips below. If you do not already have a media player installed, you can download the free Windows Media Player. Because of their large file size, when downloading the television clips you might want to click the “pause” button on your media player and wait to view the clip until it is fully downloaded.

For more information, please contact Andy Farmer, Education Resources Manager, The State Corporation Commission, P.O. Box 1197, Richmond, VA, 22318, 804-371-9928.


3/19/02 – News Channel 8 in Washington, D.C. — The Virginia Report
Andy Farmer from the State Corporation Commission explains what consumers should know about Virginia Energy Choice.

3/9/02 – Virginian-Pilot
Utility deregulation familiar to more Virginians, survey says

3/8/02 – Richmond Times-Dispatch
Virginia Survey Says 40 Percent Now Aware of Electricity Deregulation

1/29/02 – WDBJ-TV (CBS) in Roanoke – News 7 Morning
Question and answer session on Virginia Energy Choice with Andy Farmer of the State Corporation Commission.

1/23/02 – Richmond Times-Dispatch
In Spite of Enron: Electric Competition Is Strong – op-ed

1/23/02 – Richmond Times-Dispatch
Going to Market: Virginians Will Choose Their Energy Supplier – op-ed

1/22/02 – La Nacion
Guia del programa Virginia Energy Choice de alternativas de energia para los consumidores

1/15/02 – Roanoke Times
Energy deregulation facts available in Spanish

1/1/02 – Daily Press
Change brings prospect but not promise of savings

1/1/02 – Daily Press
Program provides peek at future of power

12/30/01 – Roanoke Times
Electricity consumers now have more power

12/17/01 – Richmond Times-Dispatch
Electricity change to come slowly

12/17/01 – Richmond Times-Dispatch
Time to choose

12/16/01 – Virginian Pilot
Business, utilities prepare for energy markets to open

12/16/01 – Richmond Times-Dispatch
Deregulation starts Jan. 1

12/14/01 – Martinsville Bulletin
“Energy Choice” program slated

11/25/01 – Southwest Times
Virginia Energy Choice begins ad campaign

9/4/01 – Richmond Times Dispatch – Richmond, VA
Report: End Electricity Price Caps – Utilities seek change in Va.’s deregulation law

9/2/01 – News and Advance – Lynchburg, VA
Sorting through deregulation of electricity

8/22/01 – The Journal newspapers
“State promotes consumers’ electric choice”

8/15/01 – The Daily Press
“Retailers in market for cheaper electricity”

7/21/01 – Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star
“Get ready to choose your power”

7/17/01 – Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Education a key to energy change”

7/1/01 – Washington Post
“Consumers Face Choice in Power”

5/21/01 – Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Partnership to Run Program to Prepare Energy Consumers”

News Releases:

Virginia Energy Choice Website “User-Friendly” for Visually Impaired Consumers

Virginians Still Learning About Energy Market Changes

Virginia Energy Choice Guide Available in Spanish

Multi-Year Ad Campaign On Tap to Raise Awareness of Commonwealth’s New Energy Market

New Consumer Information Tools Available Through Virginia Energy Choice

High Interest in Energy Choice Fuels Consumer Education Campaign

For additional information, please call Virginia Energy Choice toll-free at 1-877-YES2004, e-mail Virginia Energy Choice, or write Virginia Energy Choice c/o State Corporation Commission, P.O. Box 1197, Richmond, Virginia 23218.