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In a deregulated energy market where "new" can be applied to just about every company, say hello to a granddaddy – Dominion energy in OH. Its roots, through predecessor companies, go all the way back to the time when rivers, not interstates, were the primary transportation corridors and operating a dam was a much bigger deal. In fact, Dominion began in 1795 with the construction of dams along the Appomattox River for industrial use – the use of hydropower before anybody ever talked about renewable energy.
Jump ahead more than 200 years, and the current Dominion is a mature company with a lot of offspring. In 2009, it was ranked No. 157 on the Fortune 500. The company portfolio includes highlights such as:
That makes Dominion in Ohio one of those companies that bundles energy services, from generating power and transporting electricity and natural gas to competing to sell households and businesses natural gas and electricity.
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Customers can look forward to more than just the rates Dominion offers. The company has a $20-plus million annual philanthropic giving program that includes contributions to: food banks during the holidays as well as the rest of the year; homeless shelters; habitat and land preservation; neighborhood revitalization; and education in the areas of math, science, engineering and technology. Programs that concentrate on energy conservation or efficiency are also a focus. Company employees contribute thousands of volunteer hours to charities and community programs in the towns and cities where they work.