ODEC Delays Plans to Build Massive Coal Plant in Virginia
September 8, 2010
On September 8, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative announced that it is delaying plans to build the $6 billion Cypress Creek Power Station. Citing uncertainties in energy demand and environmental regulations, the Cooperative says that it is voluntarily extending its permitting schedule and anticipates restarting the process in 18-24 months. The Wise Energy for Virginia Coalition, a group of regional and national environmental organizations, praised this decision and urged ODEC to permanently withdraw the coal plant proposal in favor of energy efficiency and renewables, including offshore wind and solar. These alternatives would more than offset the 1,500 megawatts from the delayed plant, keep electricity rates down for consumers, and reduce harmful air and water pollution. Sierra Club and its allies have steadily opposed the plant and are thrilled by this opportunity to work with ODEC and state regulators to reduce Virginia’s global warming impact and pursue clean energy alternatives.
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