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Dominion, governor dedicate new Va. power plant

ST. PAUL, Va. (AP) — Gov. Bob McDonnell and Dominion Virginia Power officials are marking the startup of the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center in Wise County.

McDonnell joined leaders from the energy company on Thursday for a dedication of the 585-megawatt power station in St. Paul.

The company, a unit of Dominion Resources Inc., first announced commercial operation of the plant in July as it works to meet an anticipated growth of nearly 4,000 megawatts in electricity demand in Virginia during the next decade.

Dominion says the $1.8 billion power station uses coal, waste coal and biomass to produce enough to power 146,000 homes at peak demand. The company says the station is among the cleanest U.S. coal-fired power stations in terms of air emissions.

The station is expected to generate $258 million annually for the southwest Virginia economy.

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