How is Loudoun powered now?
Loudoun County imports 100 percent of the energy it uses to power homes and businesses. In Virginia, 54 percent of the state’s power comes from coal and oil with about 35% percent of it derived from nuclear plants.
It could be different. Virginia has 2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves and only a small percentage of the state’s power is derived from the cleanest fossil fuel we have at our disposal.
Because Loudoun County has always left energy choices up to other jurisdictions and other states, residents of the county have continuously been barraged with attempts from power companies to extend unsightly power lines through the county’s picturesque terrain. Not only are the power lines an eye sore, but they are the by-product of energy sources like coal and oil-fired power.
There is a proposal for constructing a controversial $1.8 billion overland power line to import power from several coal powered plants outside of the region due to the lack of generating facilities in this area. Stonewall is a viable solution for the long-term health and long-term security and prosperity of our region. Our plant is in an ideal location, is one of the cleanest, most efficient and proven modern technologies for producing energy and uses waste water from the Leesburg Sewage Treatment plant, contributing to the cleanup of our vital waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.The project is also proposing a dramatically more sustainable facility that produces and distributes clean energy to the power grid on site without the need to construct new power lines. By tapping into Virginia's and Loudoun County's natural gas resources, re-using Leesburg’s treated effluent, GEP/S will be able to produce 750 mega-watts of energy that will power the lives of Virginia citizens for decades to come.