Dominion Virginia Power brought the plant online to help meet growing demand and to replace electricity from coal-fired plants that are shutting down. The Brunswick Power Station uses natural gas and energy efficiency in a combined-cycle setting. The plant uses three combustion turbines to generate electricity, then capture the heat and use it to create steam that can make even more electricity.
Construction began in August 2013. At it’s height, there were more than 1,500 workers on site. During development and construction, the plant was estimated to generate approximately $824 million in economic benefits for the state.
In the first full year of operations, the fuel savings are estimated to be nearly $100 million.