Biomass Plant in Halifax Generates 1st Electricity

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SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (AP) – A power plant in Halifax County that burns waste wood for fuel has generated its first electricity.
    
Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative and NOVI Energy say the electricity generation occurred Wednesday during testing. The NOVEC Energy Production plant near South Boston also connected to the PJM regional electric transmission grid.
    
Testing and inspection of the plant's system is expected to continue for several weeks.
    
The $170 million plant is owned by NOVEC and was developed by NOVI Energy. The companies said Thursday in a news release that it will generate up to 49.9 megawatts of electricity.
    
NOVEC vice president Mike Dailey says the plant will employ about two dozen workers. Up to 500 workers were employed during its construction.

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