FREEMAN - Friday, May 16, 2014 was a great day for Brunswick County and Southside Virginia. State and county officials joined Dominion Virginia Power employees to break ground on the Brunswick County Power Station now under construction on Governor Harrison Parkway.
Dan Genest, Media Relations/ Generation for Dominion, said when completed in 2016 the Brunswick County Power Station will produce almost 1,360 megawatts of electricity – enough to power nearly 340,000 households. The station will use combined-cycle technology, an energy efficient method that recaptures waste heat to produce more electricity. The facility will be powered by clean, economical natural gas, a fuel with outstanding environmental qualities, including lower carbon emissions.
Genest said with natural gas as its fuel, the station is expected to save customers more than $1 billion over its expected life compared with the next-best option for supplying power
“This is not just a good morning, this is a great morning for Brunswick County and the region,” said Senator Frank Ruff, 15th District, who serves as Vice Chairman of the Virginia Tobacco Commission.
In a light-hearted manner, Ruff said he thought he was the only person that Dominion Virginia Power told when it decided to locate in Brunswick County.