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Dominion, Peoples Plan Expansion for Elwood Plant

February 28, 2000
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Dominion, Peoples Plan Expansion for Elwood Plant

Dominion Resources and Peoples Energy announced plans to expand Elwood Energy LLC's peaking gas-fired power plant in Elwood, IL, by an additional 600 MW. The expansion to the state's first merchant power facility will double the capacity to 1,200 MW and is the second phase in a process that is expected to eventually bring total capacity of the plant to 3,100 MW.

The $230 million expansion will add four General Electric 150 MW gas-fired turbines. Construction to add the high efficiency, low-emission turbines will begin this summer and be completed during the summer of 2001, in time to meet peak summer demand.

The Elwood facility is located adjacent to several interstate gas pipelines that provide access to competitively priced gas supplies. The facility's generators interconnect to a high-capacity Commonwealth Edison transmission corridor that provides delivery to Midwest power markets.

Contract discussions with potential purchasers of Elwood's expanded output are underway, but details are not available. Existing production is sold under multi-year contracts with Commonwealth Edison and Engage Energy US, LP. Elwood's existing 600 megawatts of capacity was placed in service in July 1999. When fully built, Elwood would be Illinois' largest merchant facility.

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