Gas-fired power plant proposed by Dominion

Dominion Virginia Power said it has proposed an investment of more than $1 billion to build a 1,300 MW combined-cycle, natural gas-fired power station in Brunswick County.

Dominion said it expects to ask the Virginia State Corporation Commission later this year for permission to build the Brunswick County Power Station. With a generating capacity of more than 1,300 MW, the station would be completed by the summer of 2016.

Dominion said the output from the Brunswick County facility would replace the electricity generated by coal units at two eastern Virginia stations that are planned to be retired and would help meet customers' growing demand for electricity.

Dominion announced in September 2011 that it would likely retire several coal-fired units at its Chesapeake Energy Center in Chesapeake and Yorktown Power Station by 2016. Dominion said it is more cost-effective to close the units than install environmental control equipment necessary to meet new federal environmental regulations.

PJM Interconnection LLC, the regional transmission organization that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in all or parts of 13 states, including Virginia and the District of Columbia, reported in its annual forecast that customers will need 4,000 MW more of electricity from Dominion during peak demand in 2022 than it does today.

Dominion already has received the necessary conditional use permits from the Brunswick County Board of Supervisors to build the station and has applied to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for the air permit.

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