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IMPACT® Green Natural Gas Plans - Frequently Asked Questions

What are the IMPACT® Green Plans from Dominion Energy Solutions?

When you select an IMPACT® Green natural gas plan, Dominion Energy Solutions will purchase carbon offsets equal to 100% of the gas used in your home.

Why is Dominion Energy Solutions offering the IMPACT® Green Plans?

The IMPACT® Green plans allow customers to reduce their carbon footprint and compensate for their natural gas usage through the purchase of carbon offsets.

What is a carbon footprint?

“Carbon footprints” are the greenhouse gas emissions generated when you use natural gas on a daily basis.

What are carbon offsets?

A “Carbon offset” is a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gasses made in order to compensate for emissions made elsewhere. Carbon Offsets are used to counteract your own carbon emissions or “carbon footprint.” Buying a carbon offset supports a large pool of environmental projects, which are verified through registry groups. For more information, click here.

What happens when the program expires?

After the initial term the rate expires and moves to a variable rate. The carbon offset purchasing will continue until the program is cancelled or if the customer renews into a non-IMPACT®-Green program.

How will the program appear on my bill?

You will continue to be billed by your utility. Dominion Energy Solutions' rate will take the place of the commodity or natural gas supply charge on your bill.

What are the carbon offset projects Dominion will be supporting to make up for my gas usage?

The gas offset projects are typically verified through one of the following verification registries:

American Carbon Registry (ACR)

The American Carbon Registry (ACR) requires independent third-party validation and verification of all voluntary carbon offset projects following the ACR Validation and Verification Standard.
ACR registers offset projects from around the globe from a wide range of project types including: 

   • Afforestation / Reforestation (A/R)
   • Improved Forest Management (IFM)
   • Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD)
   • Wetland Restoration
   • Fertilizer Management
   • Avoided Conversion of  Grasslands & Rangelands
   • Rice Production
   • Livestock Waste Management
   • Improved Cookstoves
   • Water Purification
   • Destruction of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS)
   • Fugitive Methane Emissions
   • Transport / Fleet Efficiency
   • Landfill Gas Capture & Combustion
   • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Click here for more information about ACR verification.

Climate Action Reserve (CAR)

The Reserve requires third-party verification of all GHG projects as specified in each project protocol.

Project verification plays a vital role in upholding the integrity and quality of the data reported to both mandatory and voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) programs across the world. The Climate Action Reserve (Reserve) utilizes a standardized approach that promotes the relevance, completeness, consistency, accuracy, transparency and conservativeness of emissions reductions data reported by project developers.

The key objectives of project verification are to:
   • ensure projects are real, additional, permanent, verifiable and enforceable
   • minimize the risk of invalid creation or double counting of Climate Reserve Tonnes (CRTs)
   • support the transparency and integrity of the data contained within Reserve
   • maintain consistency and comparability across projects
   • monitor the project developer’s on-going compliance with the Reserve’s protocols

Verification activities differ based on the complexity of the project and the underlying data. However, the verification process will include, at minimum, the following steps:
   • Notification of verification activities and case-by-case evaluation of conflict of interest
   • Scoping and planning verification activities
   • Desk review and project site visit, which entail:

     1. Identifying emissions sources and assess risk of material misstatements
     2. Reviewing methodologies and management systems
     3. Verifying emission reduction calculations

   • Submitting a Verification Report, List of Findings and Verification Statement to the Reserve

Click here for more information.

Verra (formerly, Verified Carbon Standard, VCS)

View all of their registered projects here.

Once projects have been certified against the VCS Program’s rigorous set of rules and requirements, project developers can be issued tradable GHG credits that we call Verified Carbon Units (VCUs).  Those VCUs can then be sold on the open market and retired by individuals and companies as a means to offset their own emissions… Independent Auditing: All VCS projects are subject to desk and field audits by both qualified independent third parties and Verra staff to ensure that standards are met and methodologies are properly applied.

Click here for more information.