Chesapeake, VA City Council Approves NatGas-Powered Electric Plant

In September MDN wrote about a new natural gas-fired electric plant being planned for Chesapeake, Virginia (see New NatGas-Fired Electric Plant Proposed for Chesapeake, VA). Macquarie Infrastructure filed an application to build the new plant in Chesapeake, Virginia’s third most populous city (located near Norfolk). Even though Macquarie is funding it, they’re using a subsidiary called Matex Virginia Power to build the 1,400-megawatt plant. In October, the project got a name–Great Bridge Energy Center–and also received an important approval from the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Review Committee (see NatGas-Fired Electric Plant Proposed for Chesapeake, VA Advances). Great Bridge Energy Center, which will no doubt be fired with Marcellus Shale gas, continues to make excellent progress. Yesterday Chesapeake City Council voted to approve a use permit and rezoning request for the plant. In other words, City Council just gave this project their stamp of approval…

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