YPS was home to three power plants. Units 1 and 2 were both coal-fired generators that were decommissioned in March 2019 after the Surry-Skiffes Creek Transmission Lines were fully energized.
The 500 kilovolt transmission lines, which run from Surry across the James River to James City County were part an effort by Dominion and regional transmission organization, PJM, to meet the need for clean renewable energy.
Unit 3, the 790-megawatt oil-fired generator, continues to be used to contribute power during peak demand, such as the hottest and coldest days of the year.
When reached for comment, Dominion spokesperson, Jeremy Slayton, said that Dominion said in its annual Integrated Resource Plans (IRP) filed with the Virginia State Corporate Commission at the retirement date of 2023 is subject to change.
Slayton said in an email to WYDaily, “It should be noted, the IRP is a plan, not a commitment. It is a snapshot in time of current technologies, market information and projections.”
There is no word as to what will happen to the facility after the last generator shuts down permanently. As of 2018 the property that sits overlooking the York River was valued at more than $69 million.
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