Dominion’s Bear Garden natural gas power station begins operations
- May 24, 2011
Dominion Virginia Power has fired up its Bear Garden Power Station in central Virginia. Commercial operations got underway Monday, with the 580-megawatt, combined-cycle power station producing enough electricity to power 146,000 homes.
According to Dominion, Bear Garden is expected to reduce the amount of electricity brought into Virginia, second only to California among states in the amount of imported electricity.
“Bear Garden represents an important milestone for Dominion,” David A. Christian, CEO of Dominion Generation said in a statement. “It is one of several planned additions to our generating fleet to come on-line as part of our ‘Powering Virginia’ strategy. Virginia remains a growing state. Our obligation is to meet our customers’ demand for electricity at reasonable cost.”
Bear Garden is about 60 miles west of Richmond in Buckingham County. The $619 million station received approval from the State Corporation Commission in March 2009, and construction began a month later. More than 800 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.
It features two combustion turbine units fired by natural gas with oil as a backup fuel source.
Dominion Resources, the parent company of Dominion Virginia Power, is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy. Its portfolio includes about 27,600 megawatts of generation, 11,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,200 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates the nation’s largest natural gas storage system with 947 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves retail energy customers in 15 states.