Developments: Dominion Virginia Power 230kV Transmission Lines and the Virginia SCC

As noted in several area newspapers, on April 6, 2017, the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) issued an interim order to allow the Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) to construct a new 230-kilovolt electric transmission line and a new substation in Prince William County and the town of Haymarket.  The SCC also directed DVP to request Prince William County to remove any legal constraints blocking construction of a portion of the transmission line along the Norfolk Southern Railroad, known as the Railroad Route.  In determining the route for the project, the SCC found that both the Railroad Route and the Carver Road Route meet the statutory criteria.  The SCC concluded that both of these routes will reasonably minimize adverse impacts on the scenic assets, historic districts and the environment of the area concerned.  The SCC also found the Railroad and Carver Road Routes preferable to the two routes proposed along the I-66 corridor. 

The Commission stated the I-66 Overhead Route would impact a significantly greater number of residences within 100, 200 and 500 feet of the line.  The SCC noted that the I-66 Hybrid Route, which placed approximately 3.2 miles of the line underground, would have a significantly greater cost of construction and would be more difficult to construct than any of the alternative routes considered.  The SCC found that the costs and adverse impacts of the I-66 Hybrid Route were neither reasonable nor in the public interest.  In its interim order, the SCC found that the project is necessary for DVP to comply with mandatory reliability standards.  In addition, while a single customer is driving the current need for the line, the Commission further stated that the project will permit DVP to maintain reliable electric service to its other customers and support overall growth in the area. 
 

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For further Reading:

InsideNoVA's Alex Koma: Dominion Turning Away from Controversial Route for Prince William Power Line (August 16, 2017)
http://www.insidenova.com/news/politics/prince_william/dominion-turning-away-from-controversial-route-for-prince-william-power/article_d7bca11e-82c2-11e7-a201-5b031496bbfc.html

InsideNoVA's Alex Koma: Dominion Energy to Answer Carver Road Route Concerns (July 24, 2017)
http://www.insidenova.com/news/prince_william/local/haymarket/dominion-energy-to-answer-carver-road-route-concerns/article_83ac8e66-709a-11e7-a5ff-0fa54d0e4b9b.html

InsideNoVA’s Alex Koma: State Regulators to Review Dominion Power Line Route as Carver Road Residents Plead for Help (July 18, 2017)
http://www.insidenova.com/news/prince_william/local/haymarket/state-regulators-to-review-dominion-power-line-route-as-carver/article_e2e65544-6c1a-11e7-93eb-1fc6db5d865f.html

Washington Post’s Antonio Olivo: Va. Panel to Reconsider Power Line Route that would Uproot Ex-Slave’s Descendants (July 14, 2017)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/va-panel-to-reconsider-power-line-route-that-would-uproot-ex-slaves-descendants/2017/07/14/37e0476a-68d0-11e7-8eb5-cbccc2e7bfbf_story.html?utm_term=.aa5369d65932

Washington Post’s Antonio Olivo: As Data Centers Bloom, a Century-Old African American Enclave is Threatened (July 2, 2017)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/as-data-centers-bloom-a-century-old-african-american-enclave-is-threatened/2017/07/02/f33db65a-5502-11e7-a204-ad706461fa4f_story.html?utm_term=.1142edefc647

InsideNoVA’s Alex Koma: SCC Issues Final Order Authorizing Construction of Haymarket Transmission Line (June 23, 2017)
http://www.insidenova.com/news/scc-issues-final-order-authorizing-construction-of-haymarket-transmission-line/article_3d0f6748-5877-11e7-921b-df0bb0d6af4e.html

Inside NoVA’s Alex Koma: Supervisors Reject Both Routes for Power Lines at Haymarket Data Center (June 2, 2017)
http://www.insidenova.com/news/politics/prince_william/supervisors-reject-both-routes-for-power-lines-at-haymarket-data/article_4a3016b0-4784-11e7-a3eb-93fb2252dbaf.html

Inside NoVA’s Alex Koma: Amazon Data Center, Dominion Power Line under Federal Scrutiny (June 1, 2017)
http://www.insidenova.com/news/politics/prince_william/amazon-data-center-dominion-power-line-under-federal-scrutiny/article_a15262fe-4702-11e7-9444-678b9a18b4c8.html

Inside NoVA’s Alex Koma: State Rejects Prince William’s Preferred Dominion Power Line Route (April 12, 2017)
http://www.insidenova.com/news/state-rejects-prince-william-s-preferred-dominion-power-line-route/article_088a94f0-1fa8-11e7-a718-578da527fd99.html

Virginia State Corporation Commission’s News Release Page
https://www.scc.virginia.gov/newsrel/index.aspx

 News Center of Dominion Energy (formerly Dominion Virginia Power)
https://www.dominionenergy.com/about-us/news-center
 
Continuing Developments from the Coalition to Protect Prince William County
http://www.protectpwc.org/


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A Timeline of Actions Taken by the Haymarket Town Council and Prince William County Board of County Supervisors:
 

May 1, 2017
The Haymarket Town Council, meeting in Regular Session, adopts Resolution #2017-03, declaring that the SCC’s approval of the Railroad and Carver Road Route and alternative Carver Road Route are unacceptable, and supporting the request by the Somerset Crossing HOA to seek reconsideration of the SCC decision.

August 5, 2016
Brief of the Commission Staff

June 14, 2016
The Haymarket Town Council, during special session, adopts Resolution #2016-010 supporting the environmental assessment performed by the independent consultant and staff report on behalf of the Virignia State Corporation Commission.

June 2, 2016
The Virginia State Corporation Commission Staff Report is entered as testimony.  In addition, an independent assessment was also introduced as testimony by Mid-Atlantic Environmental (MAE).  MAE was hired by the State Corporation Commission Division of Energy Regulation to conduct the assessment.

April 12, 2016
Prince William County Board of Supervisors passes Resolution reaffirming commitment to participate as a public witness in the Haymarket Gainesville 230 kV Transmission Line & Substation application.

February 8, 2016
State Corporation Commission announces an additional local public hearing is set for May 2, 2016, 7:00 PM, Battlefield High School Auditorium, 15000 Graduation Drive, Haymarket, VA.

December 22, 2015
State Corporation Commission announces local public hearings for the DVP 230 kV Transmission Line & Substation Application

December 7, 2015
The Haymarket Town Council passes a resolution addressing the State Corporation Commission

November 6, 2015
On Friday, November 6, 2015 Dominion filed its Haymarket application with the Virginia State Corporation Commission.  Dominion's preferred route, the I-66 above ground route, can be viewed here:  https://www.dom.com/library/domcom/pdfs/electric-transmission/haymarket/overview-110615.pdf?la=en


July 15, 2015
Haymarket Town Council passes Resolution #2015-009 opposing the proposed overhead routes for the Dominion Virginia Power Gainesville-Haymarket transmission line and in support of a partially underground "hybrid" route for Dominion Virginia Power's Gainesville-Haymaret Transmission Line

June 24, 2015
Dominion Virginia Power notifies the public of upcoming Public Information Session:  Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Battlefield High School, Open Area Cafeteria, 15000 Graduation Drive, Haymarket, Virginia  20169

May 9, 2015
The Coalition to Protect Prince William County is a group of county residents concerned about any overhead proposed routes for the 230kV Transmission Lines.  For more information on the Coalition, please visit their website:  http://protectpwc.org/

March 30, 2015
Dominion Virginia Power briefs the Haymarket Town Council on the upcoming retrofit of the power poles along Route 55 within the Town of Haymarket.  The scope of the project is to switch out the existing poles with poles that are approximately 5 feet more in height than the existing poles to accommodate double-stacking of lines.  Please click here for the presentation.

February 2, 2015
Haymarket Town Council passes Resolution #2015-0202- supporting Dominion's proposed route north of I-66, provided it is placed underground.

December 8, 2014

Haymarket Planning Commission prepares and adopts a findings report regarding the Dominion Virginia Power proposed 230 kV Transmission Line & Substation.