Dominion (NYSE:D) utility subsidiary Virginia Electric Power Co. (VEPCO) is in the process of cutting its percentage of coal-fired generation by more than half between 2004 and 2020.
The regulated Virginia utility got 41% of its power from coal in 2004, including generation from the Mount Storm coal plant in West Virginia, a Dominion spokesperson told GenerationHub on March 30.
By 2020, the regulated utility will get only 19% of its power supply from coal, according to the March 29 Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) order approving a certificate for the planned 1,600-MW Greensville County natural gas plant.
Greensville County is the latest of several gas-fueled power plants being built by the Dominion utility while it is also retiring much of its existing coal-fired generation.
By 2020, natural gas generation is expected to make up approximately 39% of the Virginia utility’s energy mix, with nuclear at 30%, coal at 19%, and the balance being provided by renewable generation, contracts with non-utility generators (NUGs), market purchases, and demand-side management, the SCC said.