Plans by Moundsville Power LLC to build a natural gas power plant were approved by members of the Marshall County Commission on April 22, 2014. The proposed 549 megawatt natural gas power plant is considered the first “downstream” project of its kind in West Virginia, is expected to use more than $100 million worth of natural gas per year, and will replace recently closed and retiring power plants in the area. As planned, the plant will generate power 24 hours a day and enough electricity to power approximately 549,000 homes. Current plans for construction are expected to begin in 2015 to bring the plant online in 2018, with the estimated cost of the plant to be $615 million. The project still requires state and federal approvals prior to development.
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