Dominion Energy is committed to hearing, fully considering, and responding to the concerns of all stakeholders.
This commitment includes ensuring a voice in decisions about siting and operating energy infrastructure is given to all people and communities, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income.
We strive to engage with low-income communities, communities of color, and others who have not
always had a seat at the table. We believe that all communities should have ready access to
accurate information and a meaningful voice in the development process. We also want to ensure
that all communities have the chance to benefit from the economic opportunities presented by
our investments to the greatest extent possible.
The company adopted a formal Environmental Justice (EJ) policy in 2018. More than 500 employees have been trained on environmental justice. All major construction projects are reviewed for EJ considerations. In 2020, that meant more than 50 projects were reviewed. In cases where EJ communities are present, our process dictates that we engage directly and intentionally to ensure their understanding and involvement; that concerns are heard; and that we work to mitigate project impacts. For example, in Fairfax County, Virginia, in 2020, we translated our materials into Spanish and Vietnamese to ensure optimal engagement with two large ethnic minority populations in the area.
A variety of different statutes, regulations, and policies dictate the legal requirements for formal Tribal government-to-government consultation with federally recognized Tribes. Dominion Energy respects and complies with these well-established procedures. But we will not stop there. Our aim is to engage with Tribes — regardless of recognition status — to achieve meaningful and long-lasting relationships with Tribal stakeholders. The company has a designated manager role — a full-time employee — responsible for leading engagement with American Indian Tribes. We are also working to support American Indian vendor and employment opportunities in the communities where we operate.
For us, engagement means more than simply listening to what someone has to say. We work directly with Tribal communities to fully understand its members’ concerns and determine appropriate measures to avoid or minimize our impacts.