Dominion Energy to Deploy Electric School Buses
February 2020
Electric buses will soon carry some students to school on Virginia roads as Dominion Energy moves forward with the nation’s largest electric school bus deployment.

In 2019, Dominion Energy announced its initiative to replace diesel-powered school buses with electric buses to reduce emissions, provide cost savings to school districts, and enhance grid reliability. 
During phase one, 50 electric school buses will be deployed to 16 localities within Dominion Energy’s Virginia service area by the end of 2020. Last December, the company selected Thomas Built Buses to deliver the initial batch of buses.

Under the program, Dominion Energy will offset the additional costs of an electric school bus, including charging infrastructure, above the standard cost for a diesel bus. 

The electric school buses will serve as an energy grid resource by creating additional energy storage technology to support the company's integration of distributed renewables such as solar and wind. The "vehicle-to-grid" technology leverages the bus batteries to store and inject energy onto the grid during periods of high demand when the buses are not needed for transport. 

The buses also provide environmental and health benefits through decreased emissions and reduce operation and maintenance costs for schools by up to 60 percent.

"We are excited to move forward with our commitment to bringing the benefits of electric school buses to the customers and communities we serve," said Dominion Energy Chairman, President, and CEO Tom F. Farrell, II. "This is an innovative, sustainable solution that will help the environment, protect children's health, make the electric grid stronger, and free up money for our schools."

The initial deployment will bring electric school buses to each of the company's operating regions. Localities were selected based on the benefit the EV batteries would bring to the grid. School divisions selected for phase one of the program are Alexandria, Arlington, Charles City, Chesapeake, Chesterfield, Fairfax, Hampton, Louisa, Middlesex, Norfolk, Pittsylvania, Powhatan, Prince William, Richmond City, Virginia Beach, and Waynesboro
Phase two of the project, with state approval, will expand the program to bring at least 1,000 additional electric school buses online by 2025. Once phase two is fully implemented, the buses' batteries could provide enough energy to power more than 10,000 homes. Phase three sets the goal to have 50 percent of all diesel bus replacements in Dominion Energy's footprint be electric by 2025, and to have 100 percent of replacements be electric by 2030.

By investing in electric vehicles, companies like Dominion Energy are taking the lead to advance clean energy in their communities.
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