Proposed Dominion/VEPCO Natural Gas-fired Plant in Greensville County, Va.: SCC Approval Received 3/29/16; Air-quality Permit Re-Drafted After Public Comment Period that Ended 3/31/16; Revised Draft Considered by Air Pollution Control Board June 17, 2016; Ground-breaking on Dec. 1, 2016

This post updates and replaces a March 8, 2016, post.

Virginia Electric and Power Company (VEPCO, a subsidiary of Dominion Virginia Power) is proposing to build a $1.3 billion, 1588-megawatt-capacity, natural gas-fired Greensville County Power Station, to be located at 2500 Rogers Road, just west of Emporia, Virginia.  The proposed plant would be located about five miles from another gas-fired plant in Brunswick County that Dominion is building and that began operation in April 2016 (the official opening ceremony for the Brunswick County plant was June 2, 2016; please click here for a Water Central News Grouper post on the Brunswick County plant).

On March 29, 2016, the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) gave its approval for the proposed plant.  Information from the SCC about the proposed plant is available online at https://www.scc.virginia.gov/case/index.aspx (PUE-2015-00075).  (Source: SCC Approves Greensville Gas Plant, Bacon’s Rebellion, 3/30/16.)

A Virginia Air Pollution Control Board public comment period on the draft air-quality permit (“Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permit”) ran 2/15/16 to 3/31/16.  The Virginia Air Pollution Control Board and the Department of Environmental Quality held a public hearing on a draft permit on March 16, 2016, 6:30 p.m., at the Greensville County Board Room, 1781 Greensville County Circle in Emporia.  The Virginia Town Hall notice about that public hearing is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewMeeting.cfm?MeetingID=24187.

Following that public comment period, the DEQ revised the draft permit for air-emissions at the Greensville County plant.  According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch (DEQ sets tighter limits for planned Greensville natural gas plant, 6/2/16), the first permit draft would have set the plant’s carbon dioxide emission limit at 903 pounds per megawatt-hour (MWH), but the revised draft lowers that to 813 pounds per MWH during the first six years of operation; after the first six years, the limit could increase every six years to allow for equipment aging of the equipment that rises every six years, but the limit would never equal the originally proposed 903 pounds per MWH; and other changes to the first draft permit would impose stricter limits on carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds, and required increased checks for methane leaks.  The revised draft permit was considered by the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board at its June 17, 2016, meeting; information on that meeting is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewMeeting.cfm?MeetingID=24403.

Following approval of all necessary permits, ground-breaking occurred on December 1, 2016.

More information from Dominion about the proposed plant is available in a March 26, 2015, news release, available online at https://www.dom.com/residential/dominion-virginia-power/news/news-releases/136997.

Following are other news accounts on the plant, compiled since late March 2016 (newest listed first).

Southside celebrates groundbreaking of second Dominion natural gas plant, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/1/16.

Virginia regulators propose stricter emissions limits for planned Dominion gas-fired plant, Utility Dive, 6/3/16.

DEQ sets tighter limits for planned Greensville natural gas plant, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6/2/16.

Enviros Hail Proposed Regs for Greensville Plant, Bacon’s Rebellion, 6/2/16.

Groups: Strict pollution controls for Greensville plant should be applied to ACP, Augusta Free Press, 6/1/16.

Conservation groups cite new roadblock for Dominion [Atlantic Coast] Pipeline, Staunton News Leader, 4/7/16.  [In a March 30, 2016, letter to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality on Dominion Virginia Power’s application for an air-emissions permit for its proposed  new gas-fired power plant in Greensville, Appalachian Voices and the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club asserted that the company should have to assess the combined air-emissions impacts of the proposed plant along with the company’s proposed Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline.]

Dominion gets nod for new plant, higher charges, Daily Press, 3/30/16.

Virginia regulators approve new Dominion power plant, Virginian-Pilot, 3/29/16.

Dominion plans to build natural gas power plant in Southside, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 3/26/15.

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