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Dominion seeks to extend energy-saving programs

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Virginia Power is asking state regulators for permission to expand two energy conservation programs.

The Dominion Resources Inc. unit said Monday that it has asked the Virginia State Corporation Commission to extend the Smart Cooling Rewards program.

The program reduces usage of electricity at peak times by turning customers' air conditioning units off and on for certain hours during periods of high electricity demand during the summer. Participating customers get a $40 incentive after each summer cooling season.

Dominion says the program has reduced peak demand by nearly 60 megawatts of power. That's equal to the output of a small generating station and the amount of power used by about 15,000 homes.

The company also asked regulators to extend a program that offers home audits and repairs for qualifying low-income residents.

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