RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Virginia Power is asking Virginia regulators for permission to convert its oldest coal-fired power station in Fluvanna County to natural gas.
The Richmond, Va.-based energy provider said Wednesday that it filed an application with the Virginia State Corporation Commission for the conversion of its Bremo Power Station.
Dominion had previously announced plans to close or convert some of its power stations, as well as open new ones, as part of its blueprint to meet growing energy demands in the state.
The company also says that new environmental regulations and the low price and availability of natural gas have made operating smaller, older coal-fired stations uneconomical.
If regulators approve the estimated $53.4 million conversion, the company said it would cease burning coal at the station in the fall of 2013.