Dominion Breaks Ground at New Warren County Power Station

FRONT ROYAL, Va. – Dominion Virginia Power officially broke ground on its Warren County Power Station, which will help meet the growing demand for electricity from the company’s 2.4 million customers with low-cost natural gas.

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and local leaders joined Dominion Generation CEO David Christian and officials with the Zachry/Burns & McDonnell consortium that is building the $1.1 billion, 1,300-megawatt power station at an industrial park north of Front Royal.

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for Dominion Virginia Power’s newest power station in Warren County. Listening are (L-R) Dominion Generation CEO David Christian and Warren County Administrator Doug Stanley.

The company projects that the power station will save its customers more than $100 million in fuel costs in its first year of operation. Construction commenced in early March and the station is scheduled to begin commercial operation in late 2014. At the height of construction, up to 800 workers will be on site. The operating station would require about 30 employees.

Dominion is building the power station in close proximity to Northern Virginia, which is a growing, high-demand region in the company’s service area. It would supply enough electricity for 325,000 homes at peak demand. Dominion is projected to need 4,000 megawatts of additional electricity by 2022 to meet the peak demand from its customers.

Comments

  1. Sam Card says:

    I have a concern about air pollution and its impact on Shenandoah National Park and on the visabilty from Skyline Drive.

  2. Another View says:

    I HAVE A CONCERN ABOUT THE *#&$@ LIGHTS GOING OUT! And what are you going to do if they don’t come back on, Abe Lincoln? Read the Sierra Club News Digest by firelight?

  3. Roscoe Evans says:

    As I am sure you know, Sam, visibilty in the Park already is substantially compromised because of the large numbers of households still using wood-burning stoves and ovens in privately held enclaves and adjacent towns. But there’s hope: natural gas wasn’t chosen for this new plant solely because of financial considerations, but also because of the pollution costs of alternative fuel, i.e. coal. I doubt you’ll ever see a new construction of a coal fired plant anywhere near Skyline Drive because there is no such thing as “Clean Coal.” Not so long, anyway, as the laws of chemistry hold true, because Coal + Oxygen always = Pollution.

    Maybe some new technologies will enable us to use all our coal. That would be real nice. But unless we terminate our concerns for public health, Clean Coal is just a cheap slogan. Anybody who ever has had a coal furnace in his basement knows that.