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SCC official: Reject plan for Virginia power plant

Friday - 6/14/2013, 12:18pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A State Corporation Commission hearing examiner is recommending that regulators deny Dominion Virginia Power's application to build a gas-fired power plant in Brunswick County.

The state's largest utility is asking the SCC to give the green light to the proposed $1.3 billion, 1,358-megawatt facility power plant near Lawrenceville.

Dominion is closing or converting some of its coal-fired power stations, as well as opening new power plants, to meet energy needs and comply with changes to environmental regulations.

But the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/162yweW ) that the SCC hearing examiner said Dominion didn't try hard enough to find ways to provide power by buying it on the energy market.

Utility spokesman Jim Norvelle says Dominion believes the plant is the best way to provide reliable electricity at reasonable cost.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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