Clover Power Station

From Global Energy Monitor

Clover Power Station is a 848.0-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station owned and operated by Dominion near Clover, Virginia.


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Plant Data

  • Owner: Dominion Virginia Power 50%, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative 50%.[1]
  • Parent Company: Dominion, ODEC
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 848.0 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: Unit 1: 424.0 MW (1995), Unit 2: 424.0 MW (1996)
  • Location: Route 600, Clover, VA 24534
  • GPS Coordinates: 36.8707, -78.703
  • Technology: Subcritical
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source: Clintwood Elkhorn 2 (Clintwood), Apex 1 Mine (Clintwood)[2]
  • Number of Employees:
  • Unit Retirements: Both units are scheduled for retirement in 2025.[3] The Virginia Clean Economy Act forces closure before the end of 2024, exact retirement date unconfirmed.

Unit Retirement

Clover's two coal-fired units 1 and 2 are proposed for retirement in 2025 by plant owner Dominion.[3]

On April 13th 2020 it was reported that the Virginia Governer Northam signed the Virginia Clean Economy Act, forcing all coal power plants in the state of Virginia to close down before the end of 2024. [4]

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 7,668,938 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions: 1,854 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
  • 2006 NOx Emissions: 10,035 tons
  • 2005 Mercury Emissions: 17 lb.
State Facility ID# Unit Year Op. hrs Months SO2 Tons NOx Rate(lb/mmBtu) NOx Tons CO2 Tons Heat Input(mmBtu)
VA Clover 7213 1 2010 8380 12 1,223.4 0.28 4,689.9 3,348,322.5 32,634,770
VA Clover 7213 2 2010 8405 12 1,122.5 0.30 5,144.7 3,486,470.5 33,981,205
Facility Total 2010 2,345.9 9,834.6 6,834,793


Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Clover Power Station

In 2010, Abt Associates issued a study commissioned by the Clean Air Task Force, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization, quantifying the deaths and other health effects attributable to fine particle pollution from coal-fired power plants.[5] Fine particle pollution consists of a complex mixture of soot, heavy metals, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides. Among these particles, the most dangerous are those less than 2.5 microns in diameter, which are so tiny that they can evade the lung's natural defenses, enter the bloodstream, and be transported to vital organs. Impacts are especially severe among the elderly, children, and those with respiratory disease. The study found that over 13,000 deaths and tens of thousands of cases of chronic bronchitis, acute bronchitis, asthma, congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, dysrhythmia, ischemic heart disease, chronic lung disease, and pneumonia each year are attributable to fine particle pollution from U.S. coal plant emissions. These deaths and illnesses are major examples of coal's external costs, i.e. uncompensated harms inflicted upon the public at large. Low-income and minority populations are disproportionately impacted as well, due to the tendency of companies to avoid locating power plants upwind of affluent communities. To monetize the health impact of fine particle pollution from each coal plant, Abt assigned a value of $7,300,000 to each 2010 mortality, based on a range of government and private studies. Valuations of illnesses ranged from $52 for an asthma episode to $440,000 for a case of chronic bronchitis.[6]

Table 1: Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Clover Power Station

Type of Impact Annual Incidence Valuation
Deaths 12 $91,000,000
Heart attacks 19 $2,100,000
Asthma attacks 210 $11,000
Hospital admissions 9 $220,000
Chronic bronchitis 8 $3,400,000
Asthma ER visits 10 $4,000

Source: "Find Your Risk from Power Plant Pollution," Clean Air Task Force interactive table, accessed February 2011

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Articles and Resources


  1. "Generation Facilities", accessed June 2020.
  2. "EIA 923" EIA 923 March 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dominion 2018 Integrated Resource Plan, Dominion, Filed May 1, 2018
  4. "Virginia passes 100% clean power mandate", April 13, 2020
  5. "The Toll from Coal: An Updated Assessment of Death and Disease from America's Dirtiest Energy Source," Clean Air Task Force, September 2010.
  6. "Technical Support Document for the Powerplant Impact Estimator Software Tool," Prepared for the Clean Air Task Force by Abt Associates, July 2010

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