Old Dominion preserves coal power plant site

The town council in Dendron, Va., has voted to approve a request by Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) to rezone 1,300 acres of property where ODEC might one day build a coal-fired power plant.

The Dendron Town Council unanimously approved the rezoning and land-use permits in the Surry County community an ODEC spokesperson said March 9

While it announced a few years ago that it was interested in building a 750-MW to 1,500-MW power plant on the property, ODEC has since shifted to a “go-slow” approach. The cooperative wants to get a clearer picture of what federal rules might apply to new coal power plants, an ODEC spokesperson said in a brief phone interview.

ODEC has withdrawn its state air permit application for the Cypress Creek power station, the ODEC representative said.

“We are back where we were a year ago,” before the Surry County Circuit Court ruled that the first land use approval failed to comply with public notice requirements, an ODEC spokesperson said.

ODEC has envisioned building a one or two-unit coal plant that could also burn some biomass. The sprawling site, which served as a saw mill operation in the early 1900s, could also conceivably be used for another type of power plant if the coal option does not materialize, the spokesperson said.

Old Dominion is a generation-and-transmission cooperative that provides wholesale power to 11 member distribution cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.

ODEC owns 11.6%  of the North Anna nuclear plant in Louisa County, Va., and 50% of the Clover coal plant in Halifax County, Va. It also owns and operates combustion turbine facilities in Fauquier County and Louisa County, Va., and owns 50% of a combustion turbine facility in Cecil County, Md.

ODEC also recently acquired an interest in wind power and landfill gas energy projects.

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