|Dominion entered a joint venture agreement with Shell WindEnergy Inc. in December 2006 to develop the first phase of a wind facility near Dominion's Mt. Storm Power Station in Grant County, West Virginia, about 120 miles west of Washington, D.C. In July 2007, Dominion and Shell WindEnergy Inc. announced plans for the second phase of the project.
NedPower Mount Storm is now fully operational, generating up to 264 megawatts of electricity - half of which is owned by Dominion.
The project consists of 132 wind turbines along 12 miles of the Allegheny Front, and can generate enough electricity to serve about 66,000 homes and businesses.
The electricity generated by the wind turbines flows across power lines from Mount Storm Power Station. Some of the electricity will also flow over a new 500,000-volt transmission line that Dominion completed to increase the supply and reliability in Northern Virginia.
In 2008, Dominion became joint-owners with BP Wind Energy of the Fowler Ridge I Wind Farm, which is located in Benton County, Indiana, about 90 miles northwest of Indianapolis.
Fowler Ridge 1 consists of 301.3 megawatts, enough renewable electricity to power more than 90,000 average American homes each year. Commercial operation began in March 2009, and BP Wind Energy is the operator.
Dominion is pursuing three projects in Virginia on mountain ridges, including a previously announced project in Tazewell County. Dominion is also evaluating two additional undisclosed sites in the state. Dominion’s sites are in the early development stages and, accordingly, project size, timing and other details are not yet known. If constructed in the future, these Virginia facilities would add to Dominion’s existing portfolio of operating wind farms.