- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Virginia Power has chosen Greensville County as the site of a proposed 1,600-megawatt natural gas-fired power station.

Dominion said Thursday that the plant would cost more than $1 billion. It would be the largest natural gas-fired power station in Virginia.

The company says in a news release that the combined-cycle facility is designed to generate enough power for 400,000 typical homes at peak demand.

Glen Basa, director of the Sierra Club’s Virginia chapter, says the project is a step backward in addressing climate change.

Basa says Dominion has built or announced plans to bring more than 5,000 megawatts of new gas-powered electricity online over the past five years, compared to renewable energy projects totaling about 430 megawatts.

The plant must be approved by the State Corporation Commission. Construction would begin in mid-2016 and the plant would be operational in 2019.

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