Jul 16, 2007
July 16, 2007
RICHMOND, Va. – Dominion Virginia Power, a subsidiary of Dominion (NYSE: D), has applied with the State Corporation Commission for permission to build a 585-megawatt electric generating power station in Southwest Virginia that would use state-of-the-art technology to protect the environment and meet the state’s increasing need for energy.
In its filing Dominion requested that the commission approve the projected $1.6 billion Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center by April 2008 to allow adequate time for it to be built and begin operating by 2012. The commission must approve the construction and operation of the energy center and it must establish a rate of return for the company’s investment in the project.
“The power station we are proposing will be a model of modern environmental controls and among the very cleanest fossil-fueled electric generating stations in the country,” said Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “When it begins operating in 2012, it will provide clean, reliable electricity to serve the fast-growing needs of Virginia’s citizens and businesses. This proposed plant is an important step in our effort to meet the state's burgeoning electric demand growth."
In testimony filed Friday with the commission, Dominion said the station would have controls and features to reduce emissions and protect the environment, including:
“Dominion is committed to meeting its obligation to customers to provide reliable and cost-effective electricity in an environmentally responsible manner. We intend to fulfill that obligation through a combination of energy conservation, renewable resources and clean technology,” Farrell said.
Last week Dominion announced a number of initiatives to help customers conserve energy and protect the environment. They include pilot programs for air-conditioner controls, “smart metering” and other energy reduction measures, and partnering with the U.S. EPA/DOE ENERGY STAR program to promote use of energy efficient appliances
The company also is committed to reaching a goal of having 12 percent of its electricity come from renewable resources by 2022 and to helping the commonwealth develop a comprehensive long-term energy conservation plan as directed by the General Assembly.
The station will be located on a 1,700-acre site near St. Paul in Wise County. It would provide enough power to serve 146,000 residential customers. Under a state law encouraging the construction of the station, it would be powered by Virginia coal. The station would employ up to 800 workers during construction. Once complete, the station would have 75 full-time employees, and it also would create about 350 mining jobs in the area.
For more information, visit the Dominion Web site at http://www.dom.com keyword “Southwest.”
Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers of energy, with a portfolio of more than 26,500 megawatts of generation, about 6.5 trillion cubic feet equivalent of proved natural gas reserves and 7,800 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline. Dominion also owns and operates the nation's largest underground natural gas storage system with about 960 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves retail energy customers in 11 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's Web site at http://www.dom.com.
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