Regulators weigh utility bid for Va. power plant

May 1, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Dominion Virginia Power's request to build a gas-fired power plant in Brunswick County is in the hands of state regulators.

The state's largest utility, which is a unit of Dominion Resources Inc., is asking the State Corporation Commission to give the green light to the proposed $1.3 billion power plant near Lawrenceville. The company says it would create more than 500 construction jobs and more than 40 full-time jobs.

The Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club says a full week of hearings concluded Tuesday in Richmond. It opposes the plant, and says the company should look to cleaner energy such as wind and solar.

If approved, the Richmond-based company expects the power station would be completed by the spring of 2016. The initial increase to the typical residential customer would be 83 cents starting Sept. 1.