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Navy base considers its own power plant

The Dahlgren naval base in  King George County is waiting for Navy approval to build a small power plant, said base spokesman Gary Wagner.

He wouldn’t provide any more information on the proposal, saying the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren has not briefed any agencies or groups publicly on the plan. The base is still waiting for the Navy to decide if it wants to  build a facility, on base,  to meet its growing needs to provide electricity for high-powered missile systems.

The Navy has been looking for ways to become more energy efficient, Wagner said, long before Dominion Virginia Power announced its plans to provide more power to the Dahlgren area.

Last month, Dominion unveiled plans for a 10-mile high-voltage line, estimated to cost about $30 million. Dominion, which serves about 8,000 homes and businesses in King George, hoped to have the new line in place by May 2014.

Dominion said the new line is needed, not just for the base, but the community around it. Dahlgren’s demand for electricity has grown 55 percent since 2001, Dominion officials told the King George Board of Supervisors in May.

And that increase doesn’t include two major additions coming online in the near future. The new super Walmart is scheduled to open in the fall, followed by the University of Mary Washington’s Dahlgren Education and Research Center in January.

Dominion’s above-ground line would run from an existing line on State Route 3 to a new substation to be built on the Navy base.

Here’s last month’s story about Dominion’s plan.

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