The Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC) is a $1.8 billion hybrid energy facility located in Wise County, Va. about 40 miles north of Bristol, Tenn. This facility burns a combination of coal and coal waste, plus up to 20% biomass (by energy input) each year, equivalent to about 1.08 million tons of wood (as-fired). The facility operating permits require burning a minimum of 10% biomass, provided adequate wood resources are available. Thus, a percentage of VCHEC’s electricity production is considered renewable under the Virginia RPS.
Tuck Mapping Solutions provided all of the aerial imagery and topographic mapping that was utilized for the site design. TMSI continues to provide quarterly digital orthoimagery updates for the plant.