Dominion Energy, Virginia’s biggest utility with about 2.5 million customers, is banking big on natural gas, in the near future at least.
The company has two big new combined cycle gas plants in Greensville and Brunswick counties, one already finished and the other scheduled to begin operation this year. Another eight smaller gas plants were included in the utility’s most recent long-range plan filed with the State Corporation Commission.
Dominion is also pushing hard to begin full construction on its deeply divisive 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which could cost as much as $6.5 billion, intended to power gas utilities in Virginia and North Carolina.
But what if natural gas’ role as a supposed bridge fuel between dirtier sources like coal and renewables like wind and solar combined with solar is far smaller and shorter than predicted?
This Vox piece examines the rapidly changing energy landscape.