Originally posted in March 2014; updated 11/20/14.
On May 13, 2014, the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) approved a certificate of public necessity and convenience for a proposed 750 megawatt (MW) capacity, natural-gas-fired, electrical-generating plant south of Leesburg (Loudoun County). First announced in 2009 and estimated to cost $500 million, the proposed Stonewall Combined-Cycle Project received an air-emissions permit from the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board in April 2013. Panda Power Funds took over leadership of the project in September 2013 from Green Energy Partners/Stonewall, LLC. According to the Panda’s Web site for the project (http://www.pandafunds.com/invest/stonewall/; accessed March 20, 2014) the project would occupy 101 acres; supply power equivalent to the demands of 750,000 homes; and use part of Leesburg’s treated wastewater for cooling.
More information on the project is available in the SCC’s case information online at http://docket.scc.virginia.gov/vaprod/main.asp; the case number is PUE-2013-00104, “Green Energy Partners /Stonewall, LLC – Application for CPCN for 750 MW electric generating facility in Loudoun Co.” Information on the project’s air permit is available from the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notice about the April 3, 2013, public hearing and information session held by the Air Pollution Control Board/Department of Environmental Quality; available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/Viewmeeting.cfm?meetingid=19627.
Additional sources: Local environmentalists mount opposition to planned power plant, Loudoun Times, 3/17/14; SCC Sets Hearing Date For Leesburg Power Plant Permit, Leesburg Today, 11/23/13; Developers seek fast track for Loudoun energy plant, Washington Business Journal, 9/28/12; ‘Green Energy’ Plant Proposed In Loudoun, Leesburg Today, 2/27/09.