• Report: #1012007

Complaint Review: Dominion Virginia Power

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  • Submitted: Sun, February 10, 2013
  • Updated: Tue, February 12, 2013

  • Reported By: Jacob — Dahlgren Virginia U.S.A.
Dominion Virginia Power
PO Box 26543 Richmond, Virginia United States of America

Dominion Virginia Power fraudulent metering/billing Richmond, Virginia

*Author of original report: Rip-off by Dominion Virginia Power

*Consumer Comment: So

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Dominion Virginia Power ("DVP") has consistently and grossly overbilled me for five years.   I had complained to them that my bills are too high, much higher than the average for my community, where most houses are close in size to my house, and all are less than ten years old and benefit from quality insulation.

My complaints lead nowhere.  DVP wore me out, and I gave up for lack of time to continue arguing, reasoning, and complaining.  My December bill was over $530.  My January Bill is $597.88. For the same periods in a similar house my neighbor was charged $220 and $290 respectively.  

I understand that DVP does these things to others, and that they too aren't able to obtain any redress regarding such fraud and abuses by the company.  
 

I would have long gone to another company for electrical services, but in my neck of the woods, the Northern Necks of Virginia, there is no other choice.  Dominion Virginia Power is a rotten monopoly, and I wish the Virginians would do something about it.   

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 02/10/2013 09:46 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Dominion-Virginia-Power/-Richmond-Virginia-23290/Dominion-Virginia-Power-fraudulent-meteringbilling-Richmond-Virginia-1012007. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Author of original report

Rip-off by Dominion Virginia Power

AUTHOR: J.r. - (U.S.A.)

Thank you for your comments.  

Some of your suggestions seem meritorious.  However, the overall  tone of your response is unfair.  

Both can be true, a) my bills be higher than the average and b) other similarly situated victims of VDP exist. Please re-read what I wrote and convince yourself that there is no contradiction in what I said.   I have read of other Virginians with similar to my grievances against VDP, including on http://www.ripoffreport.com.  

Why does VDP do this to some and not others?  Maybe because it can.   Why did Verizon Wireless create a second account for me and charged me for nearly a year, until I discovered the reason for my outrageous cellular bills?  Maybe it was an honest error to begin with.  However, why did they refuse to reimburse me after admitting the account was erroneous and so were the charges of nearly  $1000 that I had paid?  Because they could.  

A day-and-night kind of busy single parent that I am, I could not spend an hour a day on the phone with Verizon every workday,  week after week, ping-ponged back and forth between the Fraud Department, the Billing Department, the management, etc. -- the same cycle each time.  

I do not presume VDP specifically targeted me, but I believe the company has many victims such as I, including based on some postings on this web site.   

It is difficult in the elitist, corrupt legal system such as ours to stand up for one's rights, whether the villain is a corporation, government, or any other entity.   The courts have made it nearly impossible for an ordinary person to recover enough for the abuses to make contingency fee arrangements worthy of the attorneys' time, and most victims neither have the resources nor incentive to pay attorneys for fighting big law firms and government attorneys with unlimited budgets.  This unconstitutional legal system is the biggest reason we experience so much abuse today and have to be on a constant watch against being screwed.    

All the houses in my development are fully electric.  I keep my furnace on 62, whereas two of my neighbors with the same size houses and roughly equal numbers of residents pay half of what I pay and yet keep the temperatures in the house around 70.  

Anyone interested in further details may e-mail me at jrogins@va.metrocast.net or call at 202-277-7454.
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AUTHOR: Robert - (U.S.A.)

If everyone else in your area is paying much less, I guess you feel that they must have just randomly decided to "pick" on you?   So why exactly would they do that?

You also say that you know they do this to others, yet you also say that no one else has a bill like yours..so which is it?  In 5 years did you do any research to try and figure out where the problem is?

Just a few things it "could" be.  Do you have a Gas or Electric Appliances?  Having an Electric Stove, Oven, Furnace, Dryer, Water Heater instead of Gas could explain the difference right there.  How old are your appliances such as your furnace or refrigerator?  If they are older they may not be as efficient.   How much do you use them?  Setting your furnace to 65,68, or 70 could make a huge difference as well.

Have you done anything to check your meter yourself?  How about hiring an independent electrician?  Or better yet, try this.  Cut the main power to your house at the circuit breaker.  If the meter stops..then you don't have a "leak".  Now if it does not stop you may have issues and probably should call an electrician.   If they agree there is an issue with the electric company..then see if they will write a statement you can give to a lawyer to handle.  If it passes that test, turn on one appliance at a time and see how much each one uses. 

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