(New 5/2) Mt. Storm Power Station
Mt. Storm supplies a baseload power for 250K homes at current capacity – 400K at full capacity, 250 family-sustaining jobs in the area and about $10‑14M annual tax revenue. Before we prematurely retire Mt. Storm, lose those jobs and tax revenue, AND strand all of that valuable infrastructure let’s consider innovative technology like confirming biomass and adding carbon capture to the plant.
Additionally, it’s one of the few plants with a clear line of site for transmission to the Virginia Load Block compared to all the alternatives. After all, as I just said, we have the federal government’s premier fossil energy laboratory right here in WV. Before we shoot ourselves in the foot, let’s explore our options that will allow us to keep the much-needed electricity, jobs, and taxes that Mt. Storm provides.