Dominion Virginia Power receives air permit for natural-gas station

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The Virginia Air Pollution Control Board has approved a permit for Dominion Virginia Power’s natural-gas power station in Warren County.

Dominion says it will seek regulatory approval to build the 1,300-megawatt plant from the State Corporation Commission in early 2011.

Dominion agreed to close its 74-megawatt coal-fired plant in West Virginia to as part of its agreement with the National Park Service over environmental concerns at the Shenandoah National park.

“With the mitigation plan reached with the National Park Service, we believe that a net environmental benefit will be created in the Shenandoah National Park and surrounding areas,” David Christian, CEO of Dominion Generation, said in a statement. “If approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission, the Warren County Power Station will provide clean, reliable and affordable energy to meet the state’s growing demand for electricity.”

Dominion wants to complete the natural gas plant in late 2014 or early 2015. It will generate enough electricity to power 325,000 homes.

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