Dominion Virginia Power Completes Biomass Conversion At Altavista Power Station

   Dominion Virginia Power Completes Biomass Conversion At Altavista Power

- First of three power stations to be converted from coal to biomass this year

- Station will employ 31, create an additional 100 forestry and trucking jobs

- Biomass conversions will help Dominion meet Virginia's renewable energy goal

PR Newswire

ALTAVISTA, Va., July 15, 2013

ALTAVISTA, Va., July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Dominion Virginia Power placed
its Altavista Power Station into commercial operation Friday with renewable
biomass as its fuel, the first of three stations to be converted from coal to

"Today marks another achievement guided by Dominion's philosophy that balanced
fuel diversity – from coal to natural gas to nuclear to renewables – leads to
reasonable rates that best serve the needs and interests of customers and
shareholders," said Dominion Generation CEO David A. Christian.

Dominion announced in April 2011 its plans to spend about $165 million to
convert Altavista Power Station and two similar coal-fired stations in
Hopewell and Southampton County to use biomass, primarily tree tops and
branches that remain unused from timbering operations, as fuel. The
conversions of the other two stations are on schedule and they should be in
commercial operation before the end of 2013.

Dominion acquired the three power stations in 2001. They had been in operation
since 1992 and used primarily to produce steam for nearby manufacturing plants
and intermittently to meet the peak demand for electricity. With the biomass
conversions, plans are for the three 51-megawatt power stations to operate
continuously, providing enough electricity to serve 12,500 households.

The conversions will result in lower emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen
oxides, particulate matter and mercury. The addition of the three biomass
power stations will help Dominion Virginia Power meet Virginia's voluntary
renewable energy goal of 15 percent by 2025.

Altavista Power Station will employ 31 with a total annual payroll of nearly
$3 million. Another 100 forestry and trucking jobs will be needed to supply
the roughly 600,000 tons of biomass that the station will use every year.
Initial property tax payments to Altavista and Campbell County will total
approximately $590,000 annually.

Dominion Virginia Power is a subsidiary of Dominion (NYSE: D), one of the
nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of
approximately 27,000 megawatts of generation, 11,000 miles of natural gas
transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,400 miles of electric
transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation's largest natural gas
storage systems with 947 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves
retail energy customers in 15 states. For more information about Dominion,
visit the company's website at

SOURCE Dominion Virginia Power

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