Virginia SCC plans public hearing in January on Dominion’s Greensville power plant

The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) will hold a public hearing Jan. 12 on the proposed 1,588-MW Greensville natural gas power plant proposed by a Dominion (NYSE:D) affiliate.

The proposed project, which includes transmission interconnection facilities, would be constructed on an approximately 1,140-acre site. In its application, Dominion Virginia Power (also known as Virginia Electric & Power) estimates the cost of the project is $1.33bn, excluding financing costs.

Dominion is seeking a certificate of public convenience and necessity to build the plant and related 500-kV transmission facilities in Greensville County.

According to the application, the power station will be fueled by natural gas provided by the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. The power plant also would have direct access to another interstate pipeline, the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which is scheduled to commence service in 2018.

Dominion has been on an aggressive natural gas, combined-cycle building spree over the last few years.

If the project is approved, the company also seeks recovery of its financing costs and funds used during construction through a rate rider that would become effective on April 1, 2016. It is estimated that the proposed Rider GV would increase the monthly bill of a typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours (KWh) of electricity by 75 cents.

The public hearing will be held on Jan. 12, 2016, at 10 a.m. in the SCC’s second floor courtroom located in the Tyler Building at 1300 East Main Street in downtown Richmond, Va. Any person wishing to comment at the hearing should arrive early and sign in with the SCC bailiff.

Written comments on the proposal must be submitted by January 5, 2016. All correspondence should be sent to the Clerk of the State Corporation Commission, Document Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2118, and refer to case number PUE-2015-00075.

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