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Local Government Energy Purchasing, Municipal Utilities, and Franchises


A unique feature of Virginia law is that local, state, and federal government entities are not subject to regulation by the State Corporation Commission and instead can negotiate directly with Dominion Energy, Appalachian Power Company, and electric cooperatives for the electricity used to serve the load of their facilities. This means that such entities can establish rates, terms, and conditions of electric service tailored to their needs.

Our team helps local governments, public school systems, authorities, and other governmental entities negotiate multi-year energy and utility service purchase agreements. We provide updates regarding state regulatory and legislative developments, keeping local governments informed of actions that may impact their rates and users. We also advise local governments on franchise agreements with monopoly electricity providers.

Representative Experience

  • Representing local government associations in electricity supply negotiations with investor owed utilities and in negotiations with an electric cooperatives
  • Representing cities in franchise negotiations with investor owned utilities
  • Representing a municipal water utility in a territorial dispute with a privately owned water utility
  • Representing a county in negotiating solar siting agreements and energy storage siting agreements

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