The Mt. Storm Power Station is the largest coal-fired power station managed by Dominion. Mt. Storm's three units can generate nearly 1,600 megawatts of electricity – as much in one hour as 160 average homes use in one year.
Mt. Storm is located on Mt. Storm Lake in the rugged Allegheny Mountains of northeastern West Virginia. The 1,200-acre lake, built to serve the station, also serves as a public recreation area.
Like any coal-burning power station, Mt. Storm produces airborne particles known as fly ash. After the hot combustion gases containing fly ash leave the station's boilers, they pass through multi-million dollar electrostatic precipitators. The precipitators function like giant electric air cleaners to remove 99 percent of the ash.
Mt. Storm Power Station also uses the latest technology to remove sulfur dioxide from the environment. Lime stone scrubbers capture approximately 95 percent of the SO2 from the burners. Combined with the limestone slurry, the SO2 becomes solid gypsum and is stored in a landfill.
Net Generating Capacity: 1,591 megawatts
Generating Capacity by Unit:
Unit 1 - 524 megawatts
Unit 2 - 555 megawatts
Unit 3 - 512 megawatts
Average Daily Coal Consumption: 15,000 tons
Unit 1 - September, 1965
Unit 2 - June, 1966
Unit 3 - December, 1973
Station Employees: +/- 255
Boiler Manufacturer: Units 1, 2 & 3 - Combustion Engineering, Inc.
Turbine Generator Manufacturer:
Units 1 & 2 - Westinghouse Electric Corp.
Unit 3 - Asea Brown Boveri Company, Corp.
All Units - Stone & Webster Engineering Corp.
Water from Mt. Storm Lake (a.k.a., VEPCO Lake) is circulated through the power station to provide cooling, and this raises the overall temperature of the water. Even when winter temperatures are below freezing, the water temperature in the lake seldom drops below 60 degrees F. This makes the lake an attractive year-round destination for scuba divers, boaters and fishermen.
West Virginia Department of Natural Resources (WVDNR) currently leases from Dominion a 4.6 acre parcel of land on the lake for the sole purpose of boat launching and parking, along with fishing. Particularly during warmer seasons, the area can become quite busy. To maintain the safety of visitors, certain guidelines have been established.
Scuba and Swimming Regulations
Over the last several years, swimming in and around the boat launching dock area increased significantly to the point that it interfered with boat launching activities. The close proximity of boats to swimmers created an unsafe environment, so swimming and wading from the leased shore area is strictly prohibited by law.
Prior to this area being leased to WVDNR, scuba diving was allowed in an area adjacent to — but part of — this parcel. For some years, diving was allowed from shore, but as steadily increasing traffic created higher risks, it became necessary to revise the regulations. Scuba diving is still allowed, but divers must access the scuba diving area via a launched pontoon or other suitable boat, away from the boat launch area. Diving directly from the shore is not permitted.
The "no swimming" rule will be strictly enforced both in the Boat Dock Launch and shoreline areas by the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. (> View more information on DNR regulations.) There is limited parking in this area, so scuba trailers and related vehicles are to be promptly off-loaded, then relocated to another area to allow public access and parking in the immediate area. Divers must also follow appropriate state laws and safe diving protocol, using floating markers (dive flags), etc.
No person, individual, firm, company, association, corporation, institution or group shall be allowed to use any Dominion-owned properties at Mt. Storm Lake or lake waters for the following uses, activities or actions:
Dominion recognizes the enjoyment and adventure that Mt. Storm lake offers, and has instituted these regulations to make everyone's visit as safe as possible. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about activities at Mt. Storm Lake.