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Dominion holds groundbreaking for new power plant

Thursday - 5/31/2012, 3:34pm  ET

FRONT ROYAL, Va. - Dominion Virginia Power is celebrating the start of construction at its Warren County Power Station.

Officials from the Richmond-based energy company were joined by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and local leaders for the official groundbreaking on Thursday.

Dominion is building the $1.1 billion, 1,300-megawatt gas-fired combined cycle plant at an industrial park north of Front Royal. Construction began in early March and the facility is expected to begin commercial operation in late 2014.

The company says the plant will help meet the growing demand for electricity from the company's 2.4 million customers.

Dominion says the station will generate enough electricity for 325,000 homes at peak demand. It is projected to need 4,000 megawatts of additional electricity by 2022 to meet demand.


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