St. Paul, Va., September 27, 2012 — Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell joined Dominion Virginia Power officials in dedicating the new Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center, marking the completion of a four-year, $1.8-billion construction project that is bringing an economic boost to Southwest Virginia.
The power station will help Dominion Virginia Power meet an anticipated 4,000 MW growth in electricity demand from its customers during the next decade. The facility uses coal and renewable biomass to generate enough electricity to power 146,000 homes.
The station brings economic and environmental benefits and will account for $258 million annually for the economy of Southwest Virginia, including $6 million in annual tax payments to Wise County. Virginia's air will be cleaner because the company is converting the older coal-burning Bremo Power Station to natural gas as part of the Virginia City air permit.
Virginia City entered commercial service in July. The station uses advanced circulating fluidized-bed technology and burns run-of-mine coal, waste coal and up-to-20 percent renewable biomass in two boilers to produce 585 MW of electricity. Emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and mercury are held to levels that are roughly 99 percent below levels of similar units built in the 1960s.