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Dominion wins Virginia OK for $1.3 billion gas-fired plant

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With state regulators approving the project, Dominion Virginia Power says construction will begin later this year on a $1.3 billion power plant in Southside Virginia.

The State Corporation Commission gave the green light Tuesday to the Greensville Power Station, a natural gas-fired energy project that will straddle the Greensville-Brunswick county line on 55 acres.

Dominion said the projected financing costs for the plant would be reflected in a rate increase estimated at 75 cents per 1,000 kilowatt hours.

Dominion said the power plant’s construction will create more than 1,000 jobs. About 45 full-time positions will run the plant once it’s on line in 2019. It will generate 1,588 megawatts of electricity.

Environmental groups such as the Sierra Club argued against the power station, contending Dominion had not adequately considered alternatives.

In related news, Dominion outlines new national forest route for pipeline.

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