Unlike whiny AEP executives, Dominion Virginia Power sees their coal plant closings as an opportunity for business growth and diversification of their sources of power. Here is a news story about Dominion’s plans.
Dominion is making a big commitment to new natural gas generation including “12 smaller natural gas-fired turbine units coming into service between 2020 and 2026 at locations to be determined.” Compare this plan with plans by AEP’s WV subsidiary APCo to build no new natural gas plants in WV because they can’t build a big monster plant.
Dominion’s plan is not perfect. The company appears to only be giving lip service to expanding solar and wind capacity, but they do include new initiatives in their plan. And they are still talking about a third reactor at their North Anna plant which is built directly over an active earthquake fault. If you don’t think this is a good idea, after the recent earthquake centered near North Anna, take a look at this report of how Virginia Power, now owned by Dominion, lied about the fault to get permits to build the first two reactors.
There is no reference in the article about any Dominion whining about the EPA. Dominion clearly sees this as an opportunity to strengthen their electrical system through diversification and beginning a move to smaller generating units.
AEP’s APCo operates in part of East Virginia, and APCo will have to present a similar plan to the VA SCC. Here is the final sentence of the article: “Appalachian Power, the state’s second-largest utility, planned to file its plan with the SCC Thursday, but officials said uncertainty in federal environmental regulations could change its plan dramatically.” Of course, more whining.
Cross posted from Coalition for Reliable Power