U.S. utility Dominion Virginia Power given go-ahead to convert three coal power stations to wood biomass plants in US$165.8M project

LOS ANGELES , March 28, 2012 () –

Dominion Virginia Power has won state approval to convert three coal-fired power stations to wood-fueled biomass burners in a US$165.8 million project to produce 51 megawatts of power, The News Leader reported March 38.

The power plants slated for conversion are in Altavista, Hopewell and Southampton County.

The State Corporation Commission's approval means Richmond-based Dominion can recover project costs by charging customers. The additional levy, called “Rider B”, begins April 1, reported The News Leader.

The commission will review and possibly modify the rider every year.

The primary source of this article is The News Leader, Staunton, Virginia, March 28, 2012.

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