Coal-fired power plant may be converted to natural gas, Dominion says

Dominion Virginia Power on Sept. 5 said it is proposing to convert the 227 MW Bremo Power Station from using coal to natural gas as fuel to generate electricity. Dominion (NYSE: D) said this would be the ninth company-owned, coal-fired power station announced in recent years with units to be closed or converted to alternative fuels.

In its application filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC), Dominion said it noted that it had agreed to stop using coal and convert the two-unit power station by spring 2014 as part of the air permit for the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center. Virginia Center went into service in July. If the SCC approves the estimated $53.4 million conversion, the company said it would cease burning coal at the station in the fall of 2013.

Dominion said the conversion is projected to save customers about $32 million when compared with the cost of building new generation and will save them $155 million when compared to continued operation on coal.

The Bremo station entered service in 1931, and the two units now in use were put into service in 1950 and 1958.

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