Conversion of Altavista Power Station complete

By Staff | August 20, 2013

Dominion Virginia Power placed its biomass-fired Altavista Power Station into commercial operation in July. The 51 megawatt facility in Altavista, Va., is the first of three stations the company is converting from coal to biomass. Dominion is also converting two similar stations in Hopewell, Va., and Southampton County, Va., to run on biomass.

Dominion acquired all three power plants in 2001. They had been in operation since 1992 and were used primarily to produce steam for manufacturing plants, and intermittently to meet peak electricity demand. In April 2011, the company announced its plans to invest approximately $165 million to convert the plants to be fueled with waste wood.

According to Dominion, conversion of the Hopewell and Southampton stations is progressing on schedule. Both plants are expected to reach commercial operation before the end of the year. All three plants are expected to operate continuously following conversion to biomass, helping to meet Virginia’s voluntary renewable energy goal of 15 percent by 2025.