Chesterfield-Lakeside Project

At Dominion Energy, we are dedicated to finding the best solution for long-term energy needs within the communities we serve. It has become necessary for us to address an aging electric transmission line, which has been in operation for more than 60 years, and resolve an identified violation of mandatory North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) reliability standards.


On December 21, 2018, the SCC issued its final order approving the Chesterfield-Lakeside transmission project.

On November 13, 2018, the SCC Hearing Examiner's Report was issued in response to the proposed project.

On June 12, 2018, the SCC issued an Order of Notice and Hearing, outlining the procedural schedule for the case.

On May 31, 2018, Dominion Energy filed an application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) to rebuild an existing transmission line.



  • Requires no new right of way
  • Replaces the lines to meet current electrical and safety standards
  • Largely replaces wood structures with brown, weathering steel structures with galvanized crossarms and cross braces
  • Partial co-location with another transmission line


Dominion Energy has an existing electric transmission corridor running from its Chesterfield Substation in Chesterfield County to its Lakeside Substation in Henrico County. A single-circuit 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line that runs approximately 21 miles between these substations is nearing the end of its service life and needs to be replaced with new structures that meet current safety and industry standards. Rebuilding the line also resolves an identified capacity violation of mandatory North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) reliability standards.

Community Engagement

At Dominion Energy, we are committed to keeping our neighbors informed about energy needs where they live and work. We want to hear from you as we continue to analyze the various components of the proposed project.

As the project develops, we will:

  • Continue outreach by communicating with legislators, homeowner associations and other identified stakeholders
  • Host two, local open houses with property owners, homeowners associations and the public
  • Provide ongoing communications through informational materials, mailings, email updates and a project website

Presentations and Open House Info


SCC Approval Process

The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) is responsible for verifying the need, determining the route and reviewing the environmental impact of certain transmission lines in Virginia.


How can residents and business owners in the community become involved in this process?

There will be two open house events in spring 2018 where the public can meet with our subject matter experts to learn details on the project. In addition, the Transmission Application Process Chart outlines how the public can become involved in the Virginia State Corporation Commission approval process. You can also contact us to add your mailing address and email address to our distribution list.

Will Dominion Energy propose putting this line underground or overhead?

Dominion Energy has more than 6,600 miles of overhead transmission lines. The proposed project seeks to replace existing overhead structures with new overhead structures within the same existing right of way. In doing so, the line will be rebuilt to current safety and industry standards.

What will be the environmental impact of the line construction?

As part of the regulatory application process, Dominion Energy completes an evaluation of potential environmental, cultural and historical impacts of the project. Dominion Energy works with local, state and federal agencies to complete these evaluations and mitigate any impacts. All required permits are obtained and permitting conditions are met. Permitting agencies typically include the Army Corps of Engineers, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and the Virginia Department of Transportation. Commenting agencies include the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, among others.

For additional information on our commitment to responsible stewardship of natural resources, environmental management and performance, view our Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility Report. We also invite you to read our Corporate Environmental Policy.