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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC OF PETITION OF VIRGINIA ELECTRIC AND POWER COMPANY FOR APPROVAL OF A PLAN FOR ELECTRIC DISTRIBUTION GRID TRANSFORMATION PROJECTS PURSUANT TO § 56-585.1 A 6 OF THE CODE OF VIRGINIA 2018-00100 On July 24, 2018. Virginia Electric and Power Company Dominion or "Company) filed a petition with the State Corporation Commission (Commission) for approval of a plan for clectric distribution grid transformation projects ("Petition" pursuant to 56-585.1 A 6 Subsection A 6 of the Code of Virginia. Specifically, Dominion secks approval of the first three years (Phase I") of its ten-ycar Grid Transformation Plan ( GT Plan). The estimated total proposed investment associated with Phasc is $816.3 milion in capital investment and S101.5 million in opcrations and maintenance investment. Pursuant to Subsection A 6, the Commission is required to issue its final order on the Petition within six months of the filing date The Company states that Phase I focus on seven components of the overall GT Plan including: (i) smart meters: ii) customer information platform:i reliability and resilience: (iv) telecommunications infrastructure (v) cyber and phy sical security; (vi) predictive analytics; and (vii) emerging technology. Te Company proposes to fully deploy smart meters and their supporting network infrastructure across its service territory, which the Company asserts is a founda- tional component of the GT Pan During Phase I he Company estimates that it will install approximatcly 1 4 million smart meters across its service territory The Company also proposes to develop and deploy a new customer information platform CIP) to replace its twenty-ycar-old customer information system. The Company asserts that the CIP will be a framework of technologics and applications that together deliver comprehensive customer information and stream lined transactions, as well as multi-channeled engagement between Dominion and its customers. The CIP will include, among other things, a customer informa- tion system supporting processes such as metering, billing. credit, service orders, and revenuc reporting. Tie ompan states that to improve reliabilitv and resilience, the Compan proposes to (I) deplov intelligent grid devices: ) mplement operations and auto- mated control systems (iii) perform grid hardening activitics; and (iv) implement physical sccurity measures at certain substations. The Company also states that it proposes to deploy a foundational, forward-looking telecommunications strategy and solution as a critical and interdependent component of the GT Plan m addition to a comprehensive strategy for predictive analytics. The Company states thatt will also monitor emerging technologies and propose investments where reasonabre and prudent. As part of the Petition, the Com pany is proposing to begin its Smart Lighting Initiative and to deploy a streamlined net mctering application process. Through the Smart Lighting Initiative, the Company states that it intends to mount intelligen grid devices on certain Company-owned strectlights The Company asserts that Phase I of the GT Plan is reasonable, prudent. and in the public interest, and states that it will provide benefits to customers in threc primary categories: (i) Increased reliability and resiliency: (ii) improved customer experience; and (iii) reduced components of cost of service. The Commission entered an Order for Notice and Hearing in this case that, among other things, scheduled a public hearing at 10 a.m. on November 14, 2018, in the Commission's sccond floor courtroom located in the Tyler Buildg. 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, to receive the testimony of public witnesses. Any person desiring to testify as a public witness should appear at the hearing location fifteen (15) minutes prior to the starting time of the learing and contact the Commission's Bff A public hearing will convene on November 15, 2018, at 9:30 a.m., in the same location, to receive the tcstimony ad dence offered by the Company, respondents, and the Commission Staff on the Company's Petition. The Company's Petition and the Commission's Order for Notice and Hcaring are available for public inspection during regular business hours at cach of the Compam s busness ofices nthe Commonwealth o Virginia opies also may be obtained by subint tina wrtten request to counsel for the Compan. Sarah R. Bennett, Esquire, McGuireWoods LLP, Gateway Plaza, 800 East Canal Street. Richmond, Virginia 23219. If acceptable to the requesting party, the Company may provide the documents by elcctronic mcans. Copies of the Petition and other documents filed in this case are also available for interested persons to review in the Commission's Document Control Center located on the first floor of the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Strect, Richmond. Virginia 23219, between the hours of 8:15 a.m, and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Interested persons also may download unofficial copies from the Commission's website: On or before November 7, 2018, any interested person wishing to comment on the Company's Petition shall file written comments with Jocl H. Peck, Clerk State Corporation Commission, c/o Document Control Center, PO. Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2118. Any interested person desiring to file comments electronically may do so on or before November 7, 2018, by following the instructions on the Commission's website: htp:www.scc.virginia govase. Compact disks or any other form of electronic storage medium may not be filed with the comments. All such comments shall refer to Case No. PUR-2018-00100 On or before Septembe 2018, any person or entity may participate as a responden in this procecding by filing a notice of participation. If not filed clectron ically, an original and fifteen (15) copics of the notice of participation shall be submitted to the Clerk of the Commission at the address above. A copy of the o- tice of participation as a respondent also must be sent to counsel for the Company at the address set forth above. Pursuant to Rule 5 VAC 5-20-80 B, Participa tion as a respondent, of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure "Rules of Practicc). any notice ofparticipation shall sct forth: (i) a precise statement of the interest of the respondent: (ii) a statement ofthe specific action sought to the extent then known; and the factual and legal basis for the action. Any organization, corporation, or government body participating as a respondent must be represented by counscl as required by Rule 5 VAC 5-20-30, Counsel, of the Rules of Practice. All filings shall refer to Case No. PUR-2018-00100. For additional information aboutparticipation as a respondent, any person or entity should obtain a copy of the Commission's Order for Notice and Hcaring. All documents filed with the Office of the Clerk of the Commission in this docket may use both sides of the paper. In all other respects, all filings shall comply fully with the requiremes of 5 VAC 5-20-150, Copies and format, of the Commission's Rules of Practice. The Commission's Rules of Practice may be viewed at http://www.sccvirginia,govicase. A printed copy of the Commission's Rules of Practice and an official copy of the Commission's Order for Notice and Hcar- ing in this procceding may be obtained from te Clerk of the Commission at the address above.