Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center

Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center

St Paul, VA
Powers 150,000 homes

Brief Facts

  • Net generating capacity is 600-megawatts.
  • Commercial operations began July 2012.
  • Uses coal and up to 20 percent biomass (up to 537,000 tons/year) for its fuel, providing 117-megawatts.
  • The station generates about $6 million a year in annual property tax payments to Wise County and St. Paul, and $25 million annually for the local economy.
  • VCHEC is part of our response to meeting a projected growth in demand for electricity of 4,000-megawatts from customers by 2022, or enough electricity to power one million homes.
  • The facility contains enough concrete to fill a football field 35 feet high, enough structural steel to equal the weight of 9,646 automobiles, plus 45 miles of piping and 639 miles of electrical wiring.

SPECIAL FEATURE - Use of Waste Coal in Major Clean-up Project

coal pile reclamationDominion Energy, government agencies and a company that specializes in removing waste coal are completing a major clean-up project in Southwest Virginia during the summer of 2016, protecting the Clinch River and reclaiming a marred slope of land by removing thousands of tons of otherwise worthless “gob” coal and using it to make electricity at the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center. Using a technology called "circulating fluidized bed" (detailed below), the station can burn waste coal and biomass as part of its fuel stream.

We continue to work with Gobco LLC of Abingdon, VA, a company that specializes in mining gob coal, to identify, mine and reclaim the hundreds of old waste coal sites in Southwest Virginia. The company, which has won multiple awards for its work in environmental reclamation, separates the waste coal from rock, cleans it and provides it to VCHEC for use in the power station. The site is then cleaned down to the original ground, covered with topsoil, sloped as needed for proper drainage and replanted with appropriate grasses and trees.

CFB Technology

Advanced circulating fluidized bed technology is proven clean-coal technology that also enables the using of run-of-mine coal, waste coal and renewable energy sources, such as wood waste. CFB technology combined with modern post-combustion controls has low emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, particulate matter and mercury. This technology is compatible with the need to be able to use a wide variety of fuels available in the region and compatible with the requirement to construct and operate a facility in an environmentally responsible manner that minimizes overall impact to air, water and land resources.

Station Photos - Aerial views, October 2012

Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center

Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center

Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center Wood Tipper

Wood-tipper delivering waste wood (biomass) to VCHEC