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Longview Plant is a 695-megawatt (MW) supercritical coal plant in Maidsville, West Virginia.
The Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit was issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. In 2004, the Sierra Club filed an appeal against the air permit. In Jan. 2007, final permits for the project were approved and the construction began. On Feb. 13, 2007, a group including the Fort Martin Community Association and the Forks of Cheat Forest Property Owners Association filed a legal complaint against Longview Power, on the grounds that the project’s air permit expired in 2005.
On April 10, 2011, it was reported that the plant would start burning coal that month, making it the first new coal-fired power plant to start up in West Virginia in 18 years (since an 80-megawatt Grant Town power plant in 1993). Longview’s coal will come from an adjacent Mepco mine, in Pennsylvania. Longview is expected to burn about 2 million tons of coal per year, the majority from Mepco. The plant will employ 97 people.
Longview Power hired a consulting firm in February 2010 to study the applicability of carbon capture and storage at the plant. The results of the study have not been released, and it now appears that the facility will not employ CCS technology.
Sponsor: GenPower LLC
Location: Maidsville, WV
Capacity: 695 megawatts (769 megawatts gross)
In Service: 2011
- First Reserve Corporation
- Citizens for Alternatives to Longview Power
- West Virginia Sierra Club, Karen Grubb, kgrubb [at] fairmontstate.edu
- Appalachian Voices, outreach [at] appvoices.org
- West Virginia Environmental Council, Chuck Wyrostok, wyro [at] appalight.com
- Morgantown Citizens for Responsible Development, crdmorgantown [at] yahoo.com
- Jim Kotcon, “Sierra Club Appeals Air Pollution Permit for Longview Power Plant,” Mountain State Sierran, May 2004.
- GenPower website, accessed January 2008
- "Longview, First New W.Va. Coal Plant in 18 Years, Fires Up This Month" The Daily Journal, April 10, 2011.
- "Stopping the Coal Rush" Sierra Club, accessed November 2011.
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- "Reuse of Water From Underground Mines for Power Generation: Longview Plant and Pennsylvania water reuse" WV Mining Task proceedings, April 19, 2006.
- "Tracking New Coal-Fired Power Plants", National Energy Technology Lab, May 1, 2007, page 21. (PDF file)