Who will buy the power? There are many power distribution companies in this area, including Dominion Virginia Power, NOVEC, Old Dominion Electrical Cooperative and PEPCO, among others. GEP/S hopes to eventually work with a local provider to bring Loudoun residents clean and efficient energy.
How will power be transmitted? Being situated along the existing transmission lines, the project can tie directly into these lines at the plant site, eliminating the need for new transmission lines. Once connected to the transmission system, the power can travel north and south to where it is needed in the region. The grid operator for the region is the PJM Interconnection, LLC. PJM manages the real time operations of the high voltage power grid in 13 states and the District of Columbia. Approximately one mile north of the site is the existing Pleasant View substation. Pleasant View is a major high voltage substation that can facilitate the transmission of power in all directions across the PJM network. Will we need more power lines? Northern Virginia and Loudoun County continue to attract high-paying jobs in the technology industry. The people of Loudoun County also enjoy the conveniences of modern living. Both these items require electricity. Even though we must conserve power through reducing demand there will continue to be an increasing need for electric power. This need can be supplied in one of two ways: by local, clean production such as the Stonewall Energy Project, or importing power from far away resources, through new transmission tower lines. The Stonewall Energy Project will minimize or even eliminate the need for new interstate transmission lines for many years.