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New Dominion Power Station Begins Commercial Operations

A new $619 million power station in Buckingham County has begun commercial operations.

Dominion Virginia Power says its 580-megawatt Bear Garden Power Station began producing electricity for customers Monday.

Dominion Generation CEO David A. Christian says Bear Garden is a milestone for Dominion's "Powering Virginia" strategy to meet projected growth in demand and continue reliable service.

The strategy includes new generating sources, energy efficiency programs and upgrading and expanding the transmission and distribution network.

Bear Garden will produce enough electricity to power 146,000 homes.

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