By Stephen Nakrosis 

Dominion Energy Virginia on Monday said it was expanding its assistance to customers being impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and is seeking to extend its "no disconnection " policy for an additional four months.

As of June 15, Dominion Energy Virginia will expand its long-term payment plans and "offer customers up to 12 months to pay past due amounts, with no minimum down payment required."

The company also said it was expanding benefits made available through EnergyShare, its "year-round assistance program for individuals and families facing financial hardship." As of June 1, the maximum benefit is increased to $1,200 for this year, up from $900. Also, "customers under the age of 60 are now eligible to receive funds without a disconnect notice, similar to customers 60 and over," the company said.

Dominion Energy Virginia said it plans to start a temporary program to help its small business customers, and will provide further details as they become available.

The company also said it is asking Virginia's State Corporation Commission to allow for a four-month extension of its "no disconnection" plan, through October 14.

Dominion Energy provides energy to more than 7 million customers in 20 states.


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June 01, 2020 18:31 ET (22:31 GMT)

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