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Dominion Energy can’t hide fossil-fuel addiction from regulators

Dominion Energy wants more new natural gas peakers in the state of Virginia and announced last week a request for proposals for 1.5 GW of dispatchable peak capacity beginning in 2022. These proposals for new gas-fired generation would be at odds with the state’s policy of going carbon-free by 2050 and will probably be stifled by regulatory bodies, meaning Dominion will have to look elsewhere for a back-up power supply. The 1.5 GW of capacity is being sought to replace the generation retirements of existing fossil fuel plants, with stated intentions to add this capacity at 500 MW per year between 2022 and 2024. Dominion announced in March this year that 2 GW of oil, gas and coal-fired capacity would…

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