Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center
Powers 150,000 homes
- 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.
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.