Power plant proposed for Loudoun County

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A Loudoun County developer thinks now is the right time for the county’s first power plant. Green Energy Partners, led by John Andrews and his father, Jack Andrews, is proposing an $800 million electricity-generating plant on 80 acres just east of Leesburg.

The plant would produce 300 megawatts of energy from natural gas, another 300 megawatts from steam (using treated wastewater from Leesburg) and 1 megawatt from solar energy. John Andrews says the plant would sell energy wholesale to Dominion Virginia Power and the Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative.

Andrews says he decided to build the plant because the county needs new electricity sources but many residents oppose more power lines crisscrossing the countryside.

The power plant would be part of a “secure” business park that Andrews wants to build. Businesses that need secure locations also need redundancy of utility sources, he notes. The proposed site is crossed by two natural gas lines and overhead power lines and is near a major substation. “Our location is the best possible location in the area to site a facility,” Andrews says.

The company filed a permit application with the county in late February. Andrews says that, besides giving the county some energy independence, the plant would produce about $10 million in tax revenue. The plant needs local, state and federal approval. The approval process could be completed in about a year, he says, with construction taking two to three years.

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