Virginia Gov. cuts ribbon on 590 MW natural gas plant

The governor was one of nearly 100 people who turned out for the formal ribbon-cutting opening of the 590-MW, combined-cycle power station in Buckingham County

New Canton, Va., August 19, 2011 Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell joined Dominion Virginia Power executives and local officials to dedicate the Bear Garden Power Station.

The governor was one of nearly 100 people who turned out for the formal ribbon-cutting opening of the 590-MW, combined-cycle power station in Buckingham County.

The power station, which began serving Dominion's customer on May 23, produces enough electricity to power 147,500 homes. Construction on the $619-million station began in April 2009.

More than 700 workers were on site at the peak of construction. The station will have 24 permanent jobs and provide more than $1 million annually in taxes to Buckingham County.

Dominion's "Powering Virginia" strategy is designed to ensure continuation of reliable service to the company's 2.3 million Virginia electric customers while meeting projected demand growth of 4,500 MW by 2021.

The strategy includes adding a mix of new generation sources and energy efficiency programs, and upgrading and expanding the transmission and distribution network to minimize fuel expenses while improving reliability.

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