Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) Celebrates Cancellations in Charles City County

by admin on March 23, 2022

A pipeline and two power plants have been cancelled, but look out in West Virginia? CLICK HERE

Letter to ALL Concerned about Global Warming & Climate Change, March 23, 2022

Chickahominy Power LLC has officially called it quits for their pipeline and power plant project. That means that Charles City County here in Virginia is free from fossil fuel development for the foreseeable future.

The company blamed its failure on the “renewable energy industry and state legislators that supported them.” To that we say: “Good! We’re proud that CCAN played a key role, too.” The tide is turning in Virginia. Thanks to the clean energy victories we’ve achieved with your help, companies such as Chickahominy are finding it much harder to build new polluting projects.

We plan to continue working to prevent future fossil fuel injustices like the Chickahominy gas pipeline and plant, to prevent methane pollution and carbon dioxide emissions.

Chickahominy Power has been a looming threat since October 2016 when the project was first proposed. This plant was intended to be a merchant plant – meaning that it would supply energy into the regional grid for profit but not provide energy directly to Virginia customers. The business venture struggled to find financing and faced stiff opposition from Charles City County residents. CCAN is proud to have partnered with Concerned Citizens of Charles City County and other groups to defeat this pipeline project.

The cancellation of Chickahominy comes only months after another proposed gas plant — C4GT — was canceled. That gas plant would have been built just a few miles from the proposed site of Chickahominy. At a time when scientists call climate change a “code red” for humanity, it would have been lunacy to build these two new massive gas plants when we know that clean energy is our future.

But it’s not over yet. Chickahominy Power has stated that it intends to site the project elsewhere – looking to either West Virginia or Ohio. We know that NO community deserves to be home to a massive merchant gas plant like Chickahominy Power, polluting the community and fueling climate change. That’s why our federal work — efforts to inject billions into clean energy across the US — is so vitally important.

Thank you all for your tireless work. We won here and we will continue to win – against the Mountain Valley Pipeline, TC Energy & Transco-Williams pipelines**, and whatever else comes our way.

>>> In solidarity, Elle de la Cancela, Virginia Grassroots Organizer, Chesapeake Climate Action Network

** — PPS: For more about these pipelines and for information on an upcoming comment period, click here.

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Jim Kotcon March 23, 2022 at 9:57 pm

CHICKAHOMINY Power Plant in Virginia

A large gas-fired plant proposed in Virginia has canceled their project, blaming opposition from the renewables industry and state politicians.

This article says the developers are looking to relocate to West Virginia. But the line I found most illuminating says: “In February, an affiliated company known as Chickahominy Pipeline, LLC canceled plans to build a gas pipeline across five counties to carry gas from a Transco line to the planned power plant.

That cancellation was spurred by a decision by the regional electric grid manager to terminate Chickahominy Power’s interconnection agreement because it said the company “has demonstrated no diligence or meaningful progress on the Chickahominy Project since entering the queue in October 2016.”


Duane Nichols March 23, 2022 at 10:06 pm

RE: Chickahominy Pipeline and Power Plant

The proposed location of the Chickahominy power plant was Charles City County, VA. This is one of the first four “counties” or boroughs of Virginia in 1619. Two boundaries are the James River and Chickahominy River, the watershed of this latter extending west by northwest through Hanover County and into Henrico County where it drains the backyard of our house in Glen Allen, VA. My wife is there now where her physical therapy regimen will be completed next Wednesday.

I drove over last summer and spent a day in Charles City County to view the proposed power plant site. This County is very rural and very flat. An area of over 1000 acres had already been cleared as a possible solar panel location. This is a very sunny (hot) area and far enough back from the ocean to be unaffected by direct Atlantic Coast weather. It is swampy and mostly covered by dense pine forests only about 15 or 20 feet tall. Deer hunting there is done by releasing trained dogs that can run among the densely space trees and drive deer out to the clearings. I think this county is ideal for huge solar farms.

Also, Charles City County is between Richmond and Williamsburg on I-64, easily accessible. Dominion Energy has a huge offshore wind project in the works. But, given the crazy new Governor in Virginia, who knows what will happen next.

NOTE ~ The “Power for the People VA” blog of Ivy Main is outstanding. Her most recent article is “Virginia energy policy made interesting” about large solar installations.



George Neall March 23, 2022 at 10:12 pm

RE: Charles City County & Solar Energy Development

To: Duane Nichols, March 18, 2022

Thanks for the site assessment. Placement of large solar farms is very important to avoid widespread opposition from the aesthetic aspects. A positive aspect of solar farms, other than their greenness, is that they tend to employ more local people in their construction and maintenance, unlike natural gas and coal power plants.

This announcement (bidirectional EV charging*) is bound to make EV’s and private PV systems much more attractive and economical. It will probably take a couple of years for the engineering and manufacturing to catch up.

George Neall, near VA & WV border

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Stephen Nakrosis March 23, 2022 at 10:28 pm

PG&E, Ford Collaborate on EV Bidirectional Charging Tech

By Stephen Nakrosis, Market Watch, Dow Jones Newswire, March 11, 2022

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and Ford Motor Co. said Friday they would work together to explore how the F-150 Lightning electric vehicle can interact with the electric grid and provide electric reliability benefits to the utility’s customers.

The companies said the F-150 Lightning is the first commercially available light-duty truck with bidirectional charging technology. The F-150 Lightning’s Intelligent Backup Power bidirectional charging capabilities can provide up to 10 days of backup power for customers’ homes during an outage, the companies said.

PG&E said it “will explore how Ford’s Intelligent Backup Power technology interconnects to the electric grid, which is necessary for the truck’s battery to power the home, and how it can support customer resiliency during grid outages.”

The utility also said one in five EVs in the country are on the road in its Northern and Central California service area.

>>> Write to Stephen Nakrosis at


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