At ODEC, we conduct our business in environmentally sensitive ways. With every operation, we evaluate the potential impact, complying with all federal, state and local laws, regulations and permits designed to protect human life, wildlife habitats and the environment. ODEC also promotes cost-effective energy conservation programs, as well as participates in renewable projects and constantly seeks and evaluates future opportunities.
Clover Power Station, Halifax County, Virginia
One noteworthy example of ODEC environmental stewardship is our Clover Power Station, operated by Dominion Virginia Power since it went online in 1995. Of the $1.2 billion in construction costs for this station, nearly one-third went to advanced pollution controls for its two pulverized-coal units generating 866 megawatts, which decreases dependence on older, less energy-efficient plants.
In addition, Clover’s wastewater treatment systems recycle water for reuse. The station’s cooling towers use the same technology, which result in much less water being withdrawn from the Roanoke River. Its $10 million water reservoir holds 350 million gallons, or a 34-day supply, protecting the Roanoke River when it’s low.
To offset the impact of the plant’s construction, ODEC and Dominion Virginia Power, worked together to create 36 acres of forested and wetland habitat, convert 16 acres of previous farmland into a wetlands mitigation bank, establish 160-acres of waterfowl habitat and donate 82.5 acres to the Staunton River Battlefield State Park.
Demonstrating ongoing support for the development of renewable facilities, ODEC has entered into several long-term projects converting wind and landfill gas into energy totaling over 270 megawatts of capacity.
Links to our member-owners who currently offer some type of renewable power or credits to consumers who wish to support the growth of renewable power sources are listed below.
A&N Electric Cooperative
BARC Electric Cooperative
Community Electric Cooperative
Choptank Electric Cooperative
Delaware Electric Cooperative
Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative
Northern Neck Electric Cooperative
Prince George Electric Cooperative
Southside Electric Cooperative
Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative
Many of ODEC’s member cooperatives purchase power from the South Eastern Power Administration through the John H. Kerr Dam on the Roanoke River and the Philpott Dam on the Smith River. These projects were built in the early 1950’s and have produced low-cost hydroelectric power to ODEC’s members ever since.
ODEC awarded two contracts to Hecate Energy in 2015 to buy solar power from two separate projects. The Cherrydale Project will be a 20 MW photovoltaic solar project in Northampton County, VA in A&N Electric Cooperative’s service territory. The Clarke County Project in Clarke County, VA will be a 10 MW photovoltaic solar project, located in Rappahannock Electric
Cooperative’s service territory. Both projects are expected to be completed in 2017.
In 2008, ODEC executed an agreement with AES Corporation’s Armenia Mountain Wind Energy Project in north-central Pennsylvania. The project began in December 2009, with the completion of its 67 General Electric 1.5 megawatt SLE wind turbines, capable of producing 100.5 megawatts.
In 2009, ODEC executed its second wind power agreement to buy the entire output from Criterion Wind Project located in Garrett County, Maryland. The 70-megawatt project uses 28 Clipper 2.5 megawatt Liberty turbines and began commercial operations in 2010.
ODEC executed a contract with the Stony Creek Wind Farm in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. ODEC has a long-term contract to purchase 32.5 MW of capacity, energy and renewable energy credits from this facility.
ODEC’s latest wind contract is with the Mehoopany Wind Farm in Pennsylvania. Under this long-term agreement, ODEC buys over 110 megawatts worth of wind power and renewable energy credits.
ODEC sells all of the renewable energy credits purchased under its long-term wind power agreements to its member-owners and to others.