AG Herring will defend electric rate freeze law he opposed

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring plans to fight a legal challenge to a new law related to electric rates his office said could lead to Dominion Virginia Power's customers paying $1.5 billion more than is fair.

Herring's office said Friday that the Democratic attorney general will defend a law that suspends reviews of Dominion's rates for several years in a potential case before the Virginia Supreme Court.

A group consisting of large industrial customers of Dominion filed papers with state regulators last month indicating it plans to file an appeal with the high court over questions of whether the law violates the Virginia Constitution.

Herring spokesman Michael Kelly said the attorney general opposed the law on policy grounds, but said it passes constitutional muster.

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