Virginia corporation commission OKs Dominion's Greensville power plant

Artist's rendering of Dominion Greensville combined cycle facility PEPWR

The Virginia State Corporation Commission approved Dominion Virginia Power's request for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to build a natural gas-fired power station in Greensville County.

"We are pleased that the SCC has granted approval for the Greensville Power Station," said Paul Koonce, CEO of Dominion Generation Group. "This project will ultimately bring low cost, reliable electricity to our customers while saving them $2 billion over the life of the plants' operation, in addition to providing a major economic impact and good paying jobs for Southside Virginia."

Customers will save $2.1 billion over the life of the power plant through fuel savings versus the projected cost of purchasing electricity on the open market.

Construction is expected to begin later this year on the $1.3 billion power plant on a site that straddles the Greensville/Brunswick County line. The power station will generate 1,588 megawatts of electricity and will be built on 55 acres. It is being constructed just a few miles from Dominion's Brunswick Power Station, which is expected to be fully operational next month.

Construction at the station will create more than 1,000 jobs about about 45 full-time positions once on line in 2019. In its first year of operation, the station is expected to provide as much as $8 million in property taxes for Greensville County in Southside Virginia.  During the development and construction phase, the project will provide direct and indirect economic benefits to the commonwealth of about $474 million, which supports on average about 460 jobs annually.

"Greensville County will recognize significant benefits from the construction of the Greensville Power Station," said Peggy R. Wiley, Chairman of the Greensville County Board of Supervisors. "The impact on our economy, jobs and businesses in the region will help this community, and we look forward to working cooperatively with Dominion Virginia Power."

The station will have low carbon intensity because it utilizes clean-burning natural gas, combined cycle technology and best available control technology to reduce emissions. It will also have lower water usage that will minimize the impact to rivers and streams. Dominion customers will also benefit from a reduction of Dominion's overall carbon intensity.

Greensville Power Station is part of Dominion's plan for meeting demanding new air quality and proposed carbon dioxide emissions standards while keeping up with growing customer demand for energy. While there are no immediate plans for a solar facility in Brunswick or Greensville counties, solar is already part of the conditional use permit for this property.

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