"It will be one of the four or five cleanest power plants in the entire country," says Warren County Supervisor John Vance. By burning natural gas, a new plant operated by Competitive Power Ventures will be cleaner than most.
"In the long run, the air in Warren County should improve, even with the power plant here," says Vance. Local leaders say its location at the Kelley Industrial Plant the perfect spot, far from homes and businesses. And it can plug right in to existing power lines.
"Power today in this country is placed on a grid and anybody who needs it can buy it," says Vance. "It would probably be used in Virginia, but it could be used out of state."
Aside from offering power, the plant promises to generate nearly $2 million for the county every year. "It's a multi million dollar investment in terms of plant. A huge number of jobs to start off with," says Vance.
County leaders hope all of these factors combined will help them get the air quality permit they need to get started. A decision on that is scheduled to come down Tuesday afternoon.