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Dominion seeks OK for power plant in Brunswick Co

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Dominion Virginia Power is asking state regulators for permission to build a new gas-fired power plant in Virginia's Brunswick County.

The state's largest utility with about 2.3 million customers said it filed its request with the State Corporation Commission on Friday. Dominion Virginia is a unit of Dominion Resources Inc.

Dominion says the proposed $1.3 billion,1,358-megawatt facility near Lawrenceville would create more than 500 construction jobs and more than 40 full-time jobs once operational.

If approved, Dominion 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.

The Richmond-based company announced plans last year to close or convert some of its coal-fired power stations, as well as open new power plants, to meet energy needs and comply with changes to environmental regulations.