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Seeing a place like this fascinates me architecturally; however, I have a real prejudice with the arrogance of all utility companies, especially electricity and telephone. (Dominion Power is my source of electricity; having given my opinion, I can continue.) The 585-megawatt Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center is located at Virginia City (an unincorporated place in Wise County, Virginia, which as far as I can tell has virtually no population). The cost is $1.8 billion for this circulating fluidized bed plant and should produce enough electricity for 146,000 homes during peak hours. The project began in June 2006, construction beginning in 2008, and is scheduled to be completed and start commercial operation sometime this summer (2012).
The company website touts the advantages of the clean technology, a “.
. . proven clean-coal technology that also enables the using of
run-of-mine coal, waste coal and renewable energy sources, such as
wood waste.” It claims low emissions and minimal impact on
environment; numerous environmental groups dispute the claims. At this
point, it seems a fait accompli. For a summary of environmental and
legal objections advanced over the past few years, see www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Wise_County_Plant
Incidentally, Dominion Power is a heavy political contributor in the state of Virginia.
Dominion Power website at www.dom.com
A drive-by video of less than a minute at youtu.be/-ny6cQGktHs
A 5 minute video from Dominion Power at youtu.be/dK9dzw1Z0Tc
A profile of Dominion Resources at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominion_Resources
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