Protecting The Environment

Reducing Waste

What you should know
Careful stewardship of resources benefits the environment and helps ensure there is more to go around for everyone. Dominion Energy is finding ways to reuse everything from coal ash to food scraps, applying a zero-landfill approach where we can and applying best practices to waste disposal that cannot be avoided.

We try to create as little waste as possible.

We strive to reuse as much waste material as we can.

When we cannot reuse waste, we dispose of it responsibly.

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Employee at office composting and recycling station

Management Approach

An important part of sustainability is the reduction of waste and an increase in reuse and recycling. Our strategy is to avoid creating waste whenever possible, and to reuse as much waste material as possible when it cannot be avoided. When we must dispose of waste, we do so responsibly. We monitor and inspect how we and our contractors manage waste at any of our facilities and locations, including audits of final disposal and recycling sites.

Office equipment is recycled once it is obsolete

Reuse and Recycling

At Company Locations

We reduce the waste-to-landfill impact of Dominion Energy’s office facilities through recycling programs and by engaging employees in the process.

We continue our zero-landfill policy for IT by responsibly recycling technology equipment that we no longer use. In 2019, we reused or recycled 46 tons of IT equipment instead of sending it to a landfill. We began working with Ingram Micro IT Asset Disposal, an eSteward-certified vendor, to ensure all disposed IT materials will be recycled or re-used with a zero-landfill outcome. The e-Steward certification advances best-management practices and offers an audited process to ensure environmental, worker health and security practices of vendors that process used electronics.

Biomass fuel, which comes from waste wood

Biomass Energy

Several of our power stations produce electricity from recycled biomass fuels. In Virginia, biomass fuel comes from waste wood — specifically, the treetops and branches left behind in the forests as part of the logging process.

For example, the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center uses a combination of biomass and waste coal, which makes up nearly 20 percent of its fuel source (approximately 537,000 tons per year). At our Altavista, Hopewell, and Southampton Power Stations, biomass accounts for more than 99 percent of the facilities’ fuel source.

Coal Ash Recycling

In 2019 Dominion Energy recycled 39 percent of our coal-combustion byproducts (CCBs). CCBs can be used in drywall, concrete, roofing materials, and bricks.

To learn more about how we repurpose coal ash, click here.

Coal Ash Cleanup

Employee at Chesterfield Power Station

As we use more efficient natural gas and nuclear power, as well as renewable energy, less electricity comes from coal. As of the end of 2019, only 12 percent of our electricity comes from coal. In the meantime, we're permanently closing ponds that store coal ash.

We are committed to closing our ash ponds safely and to continue our ongoing responsibility to monitor the sites. Dominion Energy will close its coal ash ponds by removal at the Chesapeake Energy Center and the Bremo, Chesterfield and Possum Point Power Stations in accordance with the requirements of bipartisan legislation passed during the 2019 Virginia General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Ralph Northam.

The remainder of Dominion Energy’s coal ash ponds will be closed in accordance with the federal coal combustion residuals (CCR) regulation and direction from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The Virginia legislation prescribes a closure strategy whereby at least a quarter of the total cubic yardage of coal ash across the four stations (6.8 million cubic yards) must be recycled. Any coal ash that is not recycled must be deposited at an onsite or offsite lined landfill that meets certain federal standards.

Specific plans for each station are under development.

In South Carolina, Dominion Energy took preemptive measures to reclaim and remediate the coal ash pond at the Wateree Power Station. More than 2.5 million cubic yards of ash and soil was either moved to a landfill or recycled for beneficial reuse. In 2019, we finished the closure project 13 months ahead of schedule and received Clean Closure Certification from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

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