An independent power producer wants to build a 1,060 megawatt natural gas power plant in Charles City County.
C4GT LLC filed an application with the State Corporation Commission last month seeking permission to build the combined-cycle power plant
C4GT, a “special purpose entity” formed to construct, own and operate the plant, is developing the plant with funding from Ares Charles City LLC, an affiliate of Ares EIF Management LLC, a global asset management firm.
Michigan-based NOVI Energy, which performs energy management and energy infrastructure development, will “manage all development actions for the facility,” SCC filings say.
“The applicant claims that the facility will promote the public interest by, among other things, providing significant economic benefits to the Commonwealth of Virginia, Charles City County and the surrounding area by providing a significant source of new merchant generation capacity in Virginia,” documents say. “C4GT would operate the facility as an independent merchant power plant supplying electricity on a wholesale basis to the electricity markets in Virginia and surrounding regions.”
The proposed plant site sits on 88 acres at 3001 Roxbury Road, about a half mile from Roxbury Industrial Park and less than a mile from Dominion Virginia Power’s Chickahominy substation.
The Charles City County Board of Supervisors has already issued a special-use permit for the project, and County Administrator Zach Trogdon said there has been no local opposition as of yet.
“At the hearings for these permits we didn’t have any opposition that I can recall,” he said. “We’ve found it to be in compliance with our comprehensive plan and regulations.”
Daniel Maggard, a senior project engineer with NOVI, said the plant’s construction will employ close to 1,000 people. After construction, expected to finish in 2019 or 2020, it will employ about 15 to 20 people.
The State Corporation Commission has scheduled a hearing at 10 a.m. March 14 in the commission’s second-floor courtroom in the Tyler Building at 1300 E. Main St. in downtown Richmond. The commission will hear testimony and evidence for the project’s certificate of public convenience and necessity.
“Usually we look at it from a lot of different perspectives with regard to the need for the project, the impact on reliability, the public interest in the project,” said Andy Farmer, a spokesman for the commission, whose staff will evaluate construction plans, the company’s financial statements and other information before making a recommendation to the commission. “This is not a utility, so we’re not looking at rate impact, we’re looking more in the case of how it would impact the reliability and need.”
Written comments will be accepted until March 7. Send correspondence to: Clerk of the State Corporation Commission, Document Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, VA 23218-2118.
Submit comments electronically at the SCC’s website: www.scc.virginia.gov/case. Click on the “Public Comments/Notices” link and then the “Submit Comments” button for case number PUE-2016-00104.