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Richmond: Love What You Find

Relocating to Greater Richmond, Virginia? You will find what you love, and love what you find.

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The City of Richmond & Counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico

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Electric Power

Dominion crew

  • Dominion Virginia Power is the major provider of electric service to Greater Richmond.
  • 2014 Reliability Rate for Richmond District: 99.983 percent (excluding major storms)
  • Average Rates (bundled rates, as of July 1, 2014, cents per kWh)
    • Industrial: $.05911 (1,000 kWh demand; 650,000 kWh/month)
    • Commercial: $.09193 (40 kWh demand; 14,000 kWh/month)
    • Residential: $.1163 (1,000 kWh/month)
  • Dominion Virginia Power offers a variety of rate options that may lower operating costs for commercial and industrial users.
  • Southside Electric Cooperative and Rappahannock Electric Cooperative also provide service.

Natural Gas

Natural gas is provided by the City of Richmond's Department of Public Utilities, Columbia Gas of Virginia, and Virginia Natural Gas.

Telecommunications

  • Local telephone service is provided throughout Greater Richmond by Verizon Communications Inc. AT&T and Cavalier Telephone are the largest competitive providers. An extensive fiber optic network with digital switching capability and Synchronous Optical Network (SONET) self healing fiber optic rings insures uninterrupted service. Special Access Services (DS1, DS3, OC-12 and OC-48) are available throughout the area. Verizon can provide dual capacity. Major long-distance carriers include AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint.
  • Level 3 serves Greater Richmond with an independent local and national fiber network. PAETEC (formerly US LEC) offers business customers an extensive line of voice, data, and IP services. 
  • Richmond providers of High-Speed Broadband Internet also include Earthlink, Cavalier, Cox Communications, Comcast, and Verizon FiOS.
  • Wireless service providers include T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint.
  • Voice over IP providers include Verizon, Vonage and Lingo.

Water and Sewer

  • The majority of Greater Richmond's water is provided by interconnected central municipal systems. Water sources include the James and Appomattox rivers, Swift Creek Reservoir, and groundwater.
  • Excess water and wastewater capacity is available for new and expanding companies.
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