RICHMOND — The State Corporation Commission (SCC) approved
a request by Dominion Virginia Power to convert coal-fired power stations in Altavista,
Hopewell, and Southampton County into biomass-burning facilities.
Once completed, the power stations will generate about 51 megawatts of electricity
each using primarily waste wood left over from regional timber operations.
Under Virginia law, a utility company is allowed to recover certain costs for major
unit modifications. For this project, recovery will be accomplished through a recovery
mechanism, identified as Rider B, beginning on April 1, 2012, to recover the estimated
$165.8 million cost of the conversions.
Rider B will be reviewed annually and modified, as necessary, by future orders of
View Final Order
Case Number PUE-2011-00073
– Applications of Dominion Virginia Power for approval of the biomass conversions
of the Altavista, Hopewell, and Southampton Power Stations