Electric Power

  • Dominion Energy is the major provider of electric service to the Richmond Region.
  • 2020 Reliability Rate for Richmond District: 99.9 percent (excluding major storms).
  • Average Rates (bundled rates, as of Winter 2020, cents per kWh):
    • Industrial: 6.33¢ (1,000 kWh demand; 650,000 kWh/month)
    • Commercial: 7.65¢ (40 kWh demand; 14,000 kWh/month)
    • Residential: 11.66¢ (1,000 kWh/month)
  • Dominion Energy 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.


  • Local telephone service is provided throughout the Richmond Region by Verizon Communications. AT&T and Windstream 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.
  • Richmond providers of high-speed Internet include CenturyLink, Segra, Windstream, 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.
  • The MAREA, Dunant and BRUSA trans-continental fiber lines run through the Richmond Region from Virginia Beach to the Washington, D.C. area.

Water and Sewer

  • The majority of the region’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.