Dozens of experts considered numerous alternatives to bring clean power to the Peninsula—electrical engineers, environmental specialists, the Virginia State Corporation Commission, Virginia Supreme Court and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They looked at solar, wind, and natural gas options, underground gas and electric transmission lines, and even retooling aging coal units at Yorktown Power Station.
The facts consistently proved these concepts wouldn’t work. They were more impactful on the environment, unable to meet projected needs and federal reliability standards, or would cost too much and take too long to meet power needs once the coal units at Yorktown Power Station are closed. The Skiffes Creek project is the best option to power the Peninsula, with the least environmental impact and lowest costs to customers.