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Dominion Energy to deploy 50 electric school buses by end of 2020

Dominion Energy Inc. is planning to bring 50 electric school buses to 16 localities within the company's service area in Virginia by the end of 2020.

This is the first phase of a larger initiative to replace diesel-powered buses with electric buses, according to a Jan. 16 news release.

Subject to state approval, the second phase of the project will involve deploying 1,000 more electric school buses by 2025. Phase three will see 50% of all diesel-powered buses replaced by 2025 and 100% by 2030.

The electric school buses will create additional energy storage to support Dominion Energy's integration of distributed renewables generation. The school bus batteries can store and inject energy into the power grid during high electricity demand periods and when the buses are not needed for transport.

School divisions selected in the first phase of the program include Alexandria, Arlington, Charles City, Chesapeake, Chesterfield, Fairfax, Hampton, Louisa, Middlesex, Norfolk, Pittsylvania, Powhatan, Prince William, Richmond City, Virginia Beach and Waynesboro.

Thomas Built Buses was the selected vendor for phase one of the deployment.