(Photo courtesy of Dominion)
Greensville County Power Station joined Dominion Energy Virginia’s fleet of natural gas-fueled electric generating units.
The station, located a few miles west of Emporia, completed testing and began generating electricity for the company’s 2.6 million customers Saturday, Dec. 8. The station can generate 1,588 MW of electricity, producing enough power to light, heat and cool nearly 400,000 homes.
The station uses three combustion turbines to produce electricity and steam, which is used to make even more electricity. Environmentally, especially in terms of carbon emissions, Greensville is one of the cleanest natural gas powered stations in the country, according to Dominion.
The $1.3 billion power station was completed on schedule and on budget. Construction began in June of 2016. The Greensville station represents Dominion Energy’s second major investment in Southside. In 2016, the company opened its $1.1 billion, 1,360-MW Brunswick County Power Station located just a few miles away.
Both power stations are already served by a natural gas pipeline and to improve reliability and reduce customers’ bill they will be connected to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline when it is completed.
The power station will have a positive impact on the region’s economy. In its first year of operation, it is expected to provide up to $7 million in property taxes for Greensville County. Post-construction economic benefits are projected to amount to about $36 million annually, and about 166 jobs will be supported, with roughly half of those in Greensville County.
At the height of construction last fall, more than 1,800 workers were on site at Greensville. The station will have 49 full-time employees.
Over its expected life, the station will save Dominion Energy customers about $2.1 billion as a result of the company not having to purchase power from market sources.