Virginia SCC sets April 20 hearing on 340-MW Doswell power plant

The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) will hold a hearing in Richmond on April 20, 2016, to receive public and evidentiary testimony on an application by Doswell Limited Partnership to build a 340-MW generating facility in Hanover County, Va.

Doswell is a special-purpose entity organized to develop, build, own and operate the Doswell Energy Center. It is a 100%-owned affiliate of LS Power, which is a leading independent power producer.

The company proposes to build the power plant on the grounds of the existing Doswell Energy Center. According to the application, the project involves the addition of two simple-cycle units capable of firing both natural gas and ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel.

The Doswell Energy Center currently has about 650 MW in combined-cycle generating capacity and about 170 MW of simple-cycle generating capacity. The new generation would be built on about 10 acres on the East side of the existing 155-acre Doswell Energy Center parcel.

The proposed generating facility would interconnect with the Dominion (NYSE:D) Virginia Electric Power Co. (VEPCO) transmission system. The PJM Interconnection has issued a System Impact Study for the proposed facility.

The power plant site is also crossed by the Virginia Natural Gas joint use pipeline.

Doswell Limited Partnership applied for a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) for the project with the SCC on Dec. 4. The company has also sought an air permit from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

The project should create about 100 construction jobs in Hanover County during peaking construction. The project should also help retain existing jobs at the power plant.

“The project will enhance the competitive market for wholesale electricity in the region by offering generation that will not be owned by an incumbent electric utility, and advance the goals of the Commonwealth by increasing in-state energy production to meet the rising demand in the state,” the company said in its certificate application.

The public hearing will be held in Richmond on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at 10 a.m. in the Commission’s second floor courtroom located in the Tyler Building at 1300 East Main Street. Any person wishing to comment on the proposal at the hearing should arrive early and sign in with the SCC bailiff.

Written comments on the proposal must be submitted by April 13, 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-2015-00127.

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