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. Dominion Virginia Power Begins Construction Of Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center

A Virginia Tech economic impact study concluded that the station will generate about $440 million a year in tax revenues and other benefits for Wise County.
by Staff Writers
Richmond VA (SPX) Jul 09, 2008
Dominion Virginia Power began construction of the 585-megawatt Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center in Southwest Virginia this afternoon. Construction of the clean-coal power station is scheduled to take four years.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality issued the necessary air permits following unanimous approval by the State Air Pollution Control Board last week.

The Virginia State Corporation Commission had approved the $1.8-billion project on March 31.

The power station is part of Dominion's response to meeting a projected growth in demand for electricity of 4,000 megawatts from its customers by 2017, or enough electricity to power 1 million homes.

Virginia City will be one of the cleanest power stations of its kind. The circulating fluidized bed unit will use coal and up to 20 percent biomass for its fuel.

The station will provide nearly 1,000 jobs during construction and require a permanent staff of more than 75 people once it begins operating. It will create about 350 mining jobs.

A Virginia Tech economic impact study concluded that the station will generate about $440 million a year in tax revenues and other benefits for Wise County.

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