Skiffes Creek

The Surry-Skiffes Creek Transmission Line will meet growing demand and make sure Virginia's peninsula has clean, reliable energy for years to come.

Scores of experts. Dozens of alternatives. One state-approved route. Support The Project.



  • Supply needed capacity to serve the local area and our nation’s critical military facilities
  • Support local growth and economic development in central and eastern Virginia
  • Comply with mandatory NERC Reliability Standards
  • Fewer service interruptions and shorter outage durations

As explained in this February 2017 letter from the regional transmission organization, PJM, this project remains vital to system reliability in the area. The SCC approved the James River crossing in 2013 not only because it is the least-cost option for customers, but also because it has the least impact on the environment and historic and cultural resources. The Virginia Supreme Court supported the SCC's decision. Dominion Energy looks forward to continuing to work with all stakeholders on completing the permitting process and beginning pre-construction activities as soon as possible.

The Army Corps of Engineers has been reviewing the entire project since August 2013. Further delay of the vital overhead transmission line across the James River can result in very dire electric reliability consequences that could have serious economic impact to the entire Peninsula region, including businesses, hospitals, emergency centers, military installations, schools and residences.



Initial studies conducted by the company and PJM in 2011 identified the proposed project as needed to address thermal overloadings, voltage problems and right of way outages projected to occur beginning in the summer of 2019. Although load forecasts have declined slightly since then, the line is still vitally needed. Now the key driver for accelerating this proposed transmission line project is the retirement of the Yorktown Power Station. Yorktown coal-fired units will retire no later than 2017. More information on generation retirements can be found in the 2017 Integrated Resource Plan.

Photo simulations are provided by Truescape. Photo simulations and diagrams represent views of proposed facilities. These illustrations do not depict exact structure design or physical placement. All projects are subject to change and to final engineering.

Complete package of simulations provided with the SCC application, Appendix C.

Surry-Skiffes Creek 500kV route

Skiffes Creek-Whealton 230kV route

Skiffes Creek Switching Station

Route Map

SCC Approval Process

The State Corporation Commission (SCC) is responsible for determining the need, route and environmental impact of all transmission lines at 138 kV and above in Virginia. To learn more about this process, view our SCC process map.

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