Update on Construction of VA Power Stations

Dominion says its two under construction power stations are on budget and on schedule to meet the increased demand for electricity in Virginia.

The Richmond-based utility company also asked state regulators Friday to increase monthly bills by $5.36 for an average residential customer starting next April to help cover the costs of the projects.

Once complete, Dominion says the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center in Wise County and the Bear Garden Power Station in Buckingham County will power more than 291,000 homes.

The company says that 5,600 megawatts of new electric generation is needed in its service area by 2020 to keep up with demand. The combined electric output for the projects is 1,165 megawatts.

Bear Garden is scheduled to begin operating in May 2011 and Virginia City in July 2012.

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