- October 20, 2017 - Dominion Energy allowed to move forward with construction; court denies motions for preliminary injunction.
- July 11, 2017 - James City County Board of Supervisors approves Skiffes Creek Switching Station
- July 3, 2017 – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approves final permit
- 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.
Surry-Skiffes Creek 500kV Line (Approved by SCC)
Skiffes Creek Switching Station (Approved by James City County)
Skiffes Creek-Whealton 230kV Line (Approved by SCC)
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
- Viewpoint 09 - Colonial Parkway
- Viewpoint 10 - Kingsmill Resort and Golf Club from Dock Area
- Viewpoint 11 - Kingsmill Resort and Golf Club from Overlook
- Viewpoint 12 - East End of Jamestown Island
- Viewpoint 14 - State Route 60 (Pocahontas Trail)
- Viewpoint 15 - Carter's Grove
- Sample 500kV structure diagram - preliminary engineering for thirteen towers proposed in the James River.
- This diagram illustrates one of the four towers located on each side of the two active shipping channels.
Skiffes Creek-Whealton 230kV route
Skiffes Creek Switching Station