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r 8A- Hinton News Wed. Nov. 25, 1981 Three - Year Study Undertaken Recently Virginia Electric and Power Company is undertaking a wide- ranging, three- year study to compare a dozen non - conventional and two con- ventional means of meeting future growth in electric pow- er demand. VEPCO President William W. Berry said the study will lc0k into the possibilities for: ( 1)i coaservation, (2) load man= agement, (3) cogeneration, (4) solar energy in homes and bus- inesses, (5) low- head hydro, (6) Municipal waste (7) wood, (8) peat, (9) wind turbines, ( 10) fuel cells, (11) combined cycle systems, and (12) solar photovoltaic cells. The non- conventional options will be compared with each other and with conventional coal and gas to determine the. lowest cost means of meeting future power demands. "By taking a broad view and choosing the lowest cost com- bination of option we can keep electric rates as low as poss- ible," Berry said. "Choosing the lowest cost means of meeting demand gr- owth can also help reduce VEPCO's financing burdens and keep electricity demand and supply in balance," Berry said. Unless constrained by dem- and - reducing programs, pe- ak power demand in the VE- PCO service area is expected to grow by two to three per cent a year through .the remainder of the century, resulting in a peak demand in the year 2000 nearly 4.7 million kilowatts greater than the demand in 1981. Peak power demand plus the reserves needed to assure rel- iability of service determine the need for electric generat- ing capacity. The growth forecast incor- porates the conservation that results from the sharp energy price increases of the 1970s and the expected loss of the demand from North Carolina municipal -ities. Prior to the OPEC price increases, electric power de- mand in the VEPCO service area was increasing about 11 percent a year. To meet part of the demand growth through the year 2000, VEPCO currently has under construction the Bath County pumped storage project, with 2.1 million kilowatts of capaci- ty, of which 40 to 50 percent will case unexpected develop- VEPCO's decommissioned Tw- rogen. Hydrogen - rich gas is be used by Allegheny Power Sy- merits justify a closer look. elfth Street hydroelectric star- then combined with oxygen stem, and North Anna Unit .3, The study will be directed by ion Richmond is now nearing from the ambient air to form VEPCO's fifth nuclear unit a corporate research and de- completion, electrical energy and water. A with 907,000 kilowatts of capac- velopment steering commi- Wood, peat and refuse. The 4, 500 kilowatt fuel cell dem- ity. tree chaired by VEPCO exec- study will consider economic onstration unit will begin gen- No new capacity has been utive vice president Jack Fe- and technical issues and the crating electricity in 1982 on the planned by VEPCO since the rguson. The committee will availability of reliable suppl- consolidated Edison System. surge in world energy prices, consist of the senior vice presi- ies of these fuels. A large peat VEPCO will monitor and ev- On the contrary, financial we- dents, power operations, power beg exists in eastern North aluate the demonstration pro- aknese, slower demand growth, Carolina and VEPCO has air- ject and other efforts for co- and other considerations have station engineering and const- eady carried out a test burn of mmercial production of fuel impelled the cancellation of ruction, and commercial oper- North Carolina peat at its Pot- cells. three nuclear units, and the ations, and the executive man- tsmouth Power Station. Wind turbines. Several parts sale of portions of the Bath ager, quality assurance. The Combined cycle technology, of VEPCO's service area County project and of the Nor- study will be carried out by " combined cycle" refers to a appear to have wind conditions th Anna Power Station. eight r6search and develop- system using the different th- suitable for generation of wind Because of the lead time re- ment working groups. The frost ermal cycle technologies - typ- power. A number of new des- quired if conventional units are year cost of the study will be $2 ically a gas turbine and a con- igns of wind turbine genera- a preferable option, new dec- million, ventional steam generator- to tors are being tested in var- isions on the means of provi- Further details on elements produce electricity . The gas ions parts of the country. ding for demand growth must of the study follows, turbine both generates elect- VEPCO's study will review be made in the mid - 1980s. Conservation, load manage- ricity directly and provides wind conditions, possible spec- In analyzing the costs of the ment and cogeneration, exhaust gas to produce steam ific sites and a variety of options, VEPCO will consider VEPCO already has conserva- for the steam cycle generator, technical, economical and op- total life cycle cesta, including tion,, load management and VEPCO will examine the dev- crating considerations related capital, fuel, operations and cogeneration programs that elopment of combined cycle to wind power. maintenance, and waste disp- are expected to reduce 1989 systems, with special attention Solar photovoitaic cells. Sel- osal. Expenses required for power demand by over 360,000 to the possibility of a plant ar photovoltaic cells convert high levels of safety and en- kilowatts. The study would con- based on gasified Virginia and sunlight to electricity directly. vironmental protection will be sider the economic and instit- West Virginia coal. Photovoltaic ceils are now arm- incorporated, utional steps required to ach- Fuel cells. Fuel cells cony- liable commercially but it is The study will also consider ieve additional reductions in err energy from fuel directly very high cost. If on- going such factors as financing re- forecast demand. Special art- into electricity by" an elect- research and development can quirements, problems or ad- ention will be given to redu- rochemical process. The fuel - reduce their cost, they could be vantages in siting and licen- cing heating and cooling losses which can be natural gas, advantageous especially as su- sing, and lead time require- from homes, increasing the eff- Petroleum distillates, coal gas, pplementary power sources at ments, iciency of heat pumps and shift- synthetic gas, etc. -- enters a the point of use and at loca- Some cost information is av- ing the use of power for water processor which extracts hyd- tions off the electric grid. affable on most of the options, heating, air conditioning and But costs applicable to the irrigation pumps out of peak VEPCO service area have not demand periods. VEPCO al- Jumping Branch News been developed according to ready has pilot programs fo/" consistent methodology that remote control of water heat- would allow meaningful comp- ers. The annual Thanksgiving fe- Miss Shownittas Watts who was arisons. The study will consider opp- llowship supper and worship the organist and Mr. Mike Mc In preparation for the study, ortunities for achieving the full service was conducted at the Million who was the soloist, VEPCO considered an even potential for cogeneration in Bluestone Baptist Church Fri- who entertained with some wider range of novel genera- VEPCO's service area, which day evening November 20tb. special music and were stud- ring technologies including ge- has been estimated by the De- Supper was served at 6:30 p.m. ents from the school. othermal power, ocean thermal partment of energy at 385,000 in the fellowship hall. The tab- gradients; tidal and wave ac- kilowatts, les were covered with white Thanksgiving is a special day tion power; magneto- hydred- Solar energy in homes and linen covers and beautiful set aside by the pilgrim fa- ynamics; energy storage with businesses. The study will fo- Thanksgiving decorations ad- thers for Thanksgiving and batteries, compressed air and cus on identifying, solar con- orned the center. The bountiful rightly so, but let us not forg- flywheels; fusion; central solar figurations - probably invol- meal consisted of turkey and all et to be thankful for the many receivers and salinity gradient ring effective heat storage sy- the trimmings, salad, cakes, blessings we receive every day power, stems -- that will be cost pies and drinks, of our lives. These were not recommen- effective for their owners with- The invocation was offered ded for intensive study bec- out imposing higher costa on, by the pastor, Rev. William Personal ause they appeared unsuitable other VEPCO customers. Fox. for use in VEPCO's service Low-head hydro. The study Following the meal and fell- Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mann area- for example: too little will examine potential hydro owship hour everyone returned and children of Nitro, were temperature variation in Vir- power sites owned by VEPCO to the auditorium where an called here Friday because of ginia and North Carolina ceas- and other high potential sites, inspiring Thanksgiving service the death of his mother, Mrs. tal waters for use of thermal In reviewing the economic re- was conducted. Rev. Fox con- Elsie Mann. gradients--or because the re- asibility of sites, the study will ducted the devotional and in- Funeral services were con- chnology appeared unlikely to consider the practicality of jo- troduced Dr. Paul Reider, ducted Sunday at 2 p.m. in the be developed and become ec- int development with municip- Dean of Education from the Bluestone.Baptist Church with onomic within this century. Ho- alities and private entrepren- Appalachian Bible School, who Rev. William Fox in charge. wever, these technologies will curs. A separate study of the delivered a very inspiring Burial followed in the Vest be kept under general review in possibility of reactivating message. He was accompanied Cemetery on Streeter Road. by his wife. Mrs. Reider AI=, Mr. and Mrs. Greg McDonald ,3'Farrell - McDonald Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Mary Lynn O' Farrell to Mr. Greg McDonald. The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrsl C. O. O' Farrell of Hinton and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Mc Donald, Sr. of Danville, Vir- ginia. Marriage took place October 17, 1981 at St. Patrick's Cath- oliC: Church in Hinton with Fathers Paul Tedesco and Ro- dger Hughes officiating. The bride was given in marr- iage by her parents. The dress she wore also was worn by her mother and sister Peggy Bugg. Matron of Honor was Peggy Bugg, sister of the bride. Maid of Honor was Collen O' Farrell, sister of the bride. 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