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New clean coal plant in Virginia one battle lost in Sierra Club’s War on Coal

Examiner -- A new Virginia coal-fired power plant, which can also burn waste coal and biomass, has come online after years of protests, political action and legal challenges by environmentalists.

The Virginia City Hybrid Energy Plant, built by Dominion Virginia Power, uses advanced technology that makes it one of the cleanest burning coal-fired plants ever. It can generate 585 megawatts of electrical power, enough to serve 146,000 homes.

The new plant grew out of a 2004 Virginia General Assembly law which encouraged construction of a coal-fired plant in the “coalfield” area of Southwest Virginia, and specified that only coal mined in the area could be burned in it.

The purpose of the law was to make use of the state’s natural resources, while providing needed electricity, as well as jobs for local


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Submitted Aug 23, 2012 By: drpepperTX
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 4:56:53 AM

reduce energy consumption, then the existing plants go further.
99dakota
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2012 5:21:25 AM

This is a win for America!
Bonanza
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2012 5:09:12 AM

Glad to see it online

honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2012 4:59:23 AM

we need more diversity of energy sources. Cleaner coal plants are a start, but need different sources.
SammyAdams
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 7:25:05 PM

As stated earlier (Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:35:08 PM), there is NO REASONING with the extreme greenies, because they are blinded by their "false religion". The remainder of the numb-numbs have been duped into believing that man CAN and actually DOES affect climate change and that CO2 is "bad" for our environment.

The key to all of this is a Congress which (if the Congressmen have the cojones) will stand up to the Federal EPA or (preferably) ABOLISH it altogether. Then the individual states will be able to deal with their environmental concerns as THEY see fit.

I can visualize our new prosperity if we can regain control of our Federal government and "bind 'em down with the chains of the Constitution". It is not too far fetched and BO knows it.
VomVom
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:41:23 PM

If the plant meets the latest emission standards, then it is clean!
drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 1:29:15 PM

As always, you are welcome Sparky.
sparky808
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 12:25:02 PM

Thank you for posting.
drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 9:16:31 AM

Clean coal is no myth, only those that would like to continue the elimination (war on) of coal as one of America's energy sources will go on pushing that coal cannot be clean.

When one takes their blinders off they'll see coal plants have, According to the National Energy Technology Laboratory, reduced emissions from modern coal plants by 90 percent for every unit of electricity generated.

Even according to the EPA, emissions of traditional pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act, have dropped significantly - even when the use of coal electric generation had nearly tripled to meet growing demand. Proving the sucesses of clean coal tech. This Virginia plant deploys even newer technologies to capture and store CO2.

And think about it this way, states that use more coal for electricity genration have the lowest cost per KW of electricity. EPA regulations forcing less use of coal are hurting the middle and low income folks the most. Families earning $50K spend about 20% of their after tax income on energy related costs, that percentage only increases for elderly on fixed income and lower income folks as well. Now who is really for the little guy?
jeffbone
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 7:21:05 AM

Take that, greenies...
KrsnaDragon
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:25:41 AM

Lol, "clean coal technology"..!
tomok
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:06:59 AM

Clean Coal?
There is no such thing as 'Clean Coal!'
Burning coal, bio mass or anything else that burns. Generate more CO2 and other global warming gasses, as if it's hot enough this summer already.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
5kvdave
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GOOD FOR THEM!!!!!
RogerB
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:29:10 PM

A state of the art coal fired power plant is better than a dated coal fired plant.
Darwin00
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:25:23 PM

People need power sooner than later. This is a good compromise.
rahcat
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:16:49 PM

Really getting sick of the EPA and Greenies!
MidNJ
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:08:34 PM

Dig, dig, dig, drill, baby drill?

Or perhaps it is time to look to other options!
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:05:31 PM

Burn that coal.
DustyHorse
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:59:40 PM

Glad the coal plant prevailed.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:58:29 PM

Is coal a viable energy source?
my3sons
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:55:12 PM

encourage clean energy
MidNJ
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:53:41 PM

Smile, Clinicqe

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RevDrCBJ
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:53:16 PM

Hmmm. Not sure I'm crazy about the burning of coal. . .
Jeeputtputt
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:49:10 PM

jobs
bonzoonfmb
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:45:07 PM

That part of the country really needs a break on coal production and the use of coal-fired power plants.

The EPA should treat that area as a 3rd world country when it comes to regulations.
beachmanglen
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:44:02 PM

We need coal plants. We don't have enough alternative energy to power plants with other type of fuels, not withstanding nuclear.
HawaiianGuy
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:43:14 PM

Score one for the good guys! Well done!
splitrman
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:42:44 PM

It looks like Dominion is doing a good job to minimize waste. Environmentalists seem to forget that when burning biomass the co2 produced is the same amount as when it breaks down naturally in the rotting process.
96sc1
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:41:13 PM

I though Obama championed "clean coal"
EmperorsFinest
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:40:10 PM

Sounds good!
Rich1430
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:39:53 PM

Sierra Club is ecoterrorists
knot2swift
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:35:20 PM

A good start.

Coal is such a dirty word yet we need it badly.

Fortunately when oil get over $150 a barrel permanently, we'll find ways to make burning it clean.
Tekkersmom57
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:33:44 PM

It would be nice if science technology could come up with a way to make coal a cleaner alternative to energy. There has to be someone in some lab that could initiate an effort.
s6sputnik
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:33:27 PM

Nice
Buddy2264
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:32:25 PM

There is problems with all fuels that are burned and they give off gases and other by products.
THZebra
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:31:44 PM

Caulk up a win for the "good Guys" and a loss for the SCC (Sierra Club Communists).
hauler43
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:26:59 PM

Great
mstearno
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:26:21 PM

what a farce
must87searcher
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:22:29 PM

Coal is still the most abundant fuel in the country, of course with petroleum and natural gas in close, so it would make some sense too keep using it.
bginsj
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:21:50 PM

ok
NorthglennBill
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:18:59 PM

With the really cheap price on natural gas, you have to wonder how long until this plant is converted.
cokezero
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:18:50 PM

ok
SavALot
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:15:08 PM

Cleaner is not always better
NedW
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:13:43 PM

Sierra Club’s War on coal...and Barry Soetoro's, let's not forget, this Nov.
wayoung56
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:13:27 PM

Cool!!!
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We need to use all of our resources to keep energy cost affordable.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:08:42 PM

Yeah! A victory for domestic energy.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:05:33 PM

good deal. We have more coal than we need for generations, but yet the administration does not want us to use it in any way
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:04:25 PM

good
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Interesting
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ok
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