Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Violent storm system causes power line damage.
Dominion Power reported a power outage in the Woodbridge area Wednesday night, impacting more than 4,000 residents, as of 9 p.m. According to the Dominion Power outage map, the outage was due to power line damage. Restoration wasn't expected until between midnight and 2 a.m. The National Weather Service predicts showers and strong winds are possible until 3 a.m. Thursday.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
While waiting for the power to return, what was your most helpful item?
When a surprise derecho hit Northern Virginia Friday night, its winds downed trees and power lines, cutting off "juice" to thousands in the area. While most customers of Dominion Virginia Power are back up and running, there are still 13,000 homes without power in Northern Virginia Thursday morning, according to the company's latest figures. If you were in the dark after the derecho, what got you through? What was the one most useful item that made it bearable? A generator, a flashlight, a book, ice? Take our poll — and if you don't see your top item in the list, tell us about it in the comments box!
Monday, July 2, 2012
Sudden wind storm Friday night was one of the worst to hit Northern Virginia, leaving thousands without power.
In the aftermath of the powerful derecho storm that hit Northern Virginia Friday night, thousands are still without power three days later, suffering through high temperatures with no air-conditioning, watching food spoil and feeling disconnected without TV, Internet and in some cases phone service. On Monday afternoon, Dominion Power reported that about 160,000 in Northern Virginia were still without power. Many local residents checked into local hotels to escape the heat or found local coffee shops to charge up phones. Were you without power or are you still waiting for the lights to come back on? What do you miss most when the power goes out? Take our poll and feel free to add your comments about what you miss most when the power goes …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Monthly electric charges could drop to an average of $105 per household by September.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Gas prices may be going up and up, but cost of electricity, at least for Dominion customers, is dropping. The average household electricity bill is expected to drop to $105.90 in September, the company says, a 5.7 percent decrease from January 2012. The calculation is based on the an average use of 1,000 kilowatt-hours. The drop is owed largely to a decrease in Dominion's fuel rate. The proposed fuel rate is 2.706 cents per kilowatt-hour – a decrease of approximately 18 percent from the current fuel rate of 3.289 cents per kilowatt-hour, said Dominion spokeswoman Le-Ha Anderson. The adjustment is the lowest the company has proposed since 2007, Anderson said. It will result in an annual fuel revenue reduction of $388 million. In a company …
Monday, April 30, 2012
A piece of equipment on a Dominion Power substation in Lake Ridge exploded, causing a widespread power outage.
Update: Power has been restored to some residences in Lake Ridge. "We had a piece of equipment on one of our substations in the Woodbridge area blow," said Le-Ha Anderson, a spokesperson for Dominion Power. About 14,500 customers were affected initially, and the number of affected customers is now down to about 5,900 as of 9:15 p.m. "We are working right now to re-route those customers and we expect everyone's power to be back on within an hour," Anderson said. Get daily and breaking news email updates from Lake Ridge - Occoquan Patch by signing up for newsletters here. Original story: The Fire Marshal is currently investigating a possible fireball near Deepford and Antietam that may be connected to the widespread power outage in Lake …
Monday, April 23, 2012
Prince William County Schools said lunch will be served and class instruction will continue.
Woodbridge Middle School is having a bit of a power hiccup this morning. Prince William County Schools said the school off of York Drive has been experiencing intermittent power outages Monday. Get daily and breaking news email updates from Woodbridge Patch by signing up for newsletters here. "Dominion Virginia Power and Facilities Services personnel are on site. Staff and students are safe," read an update from the school system's Facebook page. Updates will be provided." At around 10 a.m. PWCS said the phone and power outages were expected to continue throughout the day but that class instruction would continue and lunch will be served. Stay with Patch or follow the conversation about the power outage on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Power has gone out twice in the last half hour.
Update: 12:42 p.m.: Power has been restored to Westridge. Original story - 12:30 p.m.: About 70 customers have lost power in the Westridge area because of a damaged power line, according to the interactive Dominion power outage map. A reader alerted us to the outage, saying that power had flickered out for a few minutes about half an hour ago, and then gone out again a few minutes later. Dominion estimates that the power will be restored between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. today. To report an outage in your area, call 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357).