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Due to the ongoing public health concerns resulting from the spread of the COVID-19 virus, also known as the coronavirus, we do not plan to host formal community open house events.

  • Feb. 11, 2021 – The SCC issued its Final Order approving the Bristers-Ladysmith 500 kV Rebuild Project.
  • Nov. 17, 2020 – The SCC Hearing Examiner ruled that based on consideration of the filings and absent any public comment/testimony, that the public witness hearing scheduled for November 18, 2020 and the hearing scheduled for November 19, 2020, are both cancelled.
  • May 15, 2020 – Dominion Energy filed an application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) for the Bristers-Ladysmith Rebuild Project.


  • Improved Infrastructure
  • Upgraded safety that meets current standards
  • Maintains current right of way

Overview & Program Description

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 to address an aging electric transmission line, which has been in operation for more than five decades, between our Bristers and Ladysmith substations located along an existing corridor in Fauquier, Stafford, Spotsylvania and Caroline counties. The rebuild will bring facilities up to current reliability and safety standards.

The 500 kilovolt (kV) line is approximately 37-miles in length and requires no new right of way to rebuild to current electrical safety and electrical requirements.


  • Feb. - Mar. 2020
    • Met with local elected officials
    • Project website launched; Dedicated email/phone open
    • Solicit input from cultural advocacy groups
  • April 2020
    • Community engagement continues; Project video and simulation public launch
  • May 15, 2020
    • File application with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC)
  • Nov. 18, 2020 - Cancelled
    • Public witness hearing (by phone and SCC webcast)
  • Nov. 19, 2020 - Cancelled
    • Evidentiary hearing (10 a.m. at SCC or electronically TBD)
  • Q1 2021
    • Requested date for SCC approval

Community Engagement

At Dominion Energy, we are committed to keeping our neighbors informed about energy needs where they live and work. As the project develops, we will:

  • Continue outreach by communicating with legislators, homeowners associations and other identified stakeholders
  • Host local open houses to answer questions from residents and area businesses
  • Provide ongoing communications through informational materials, mailings, email updates and a project website
View a Video Simulation

SCC Applications

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.

Application Documents


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

There will be several community open house events in spring 2020 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 (SCC) approval process. You can also contact us to add your mailing address and email address to our distribution list.

Will Dominion Energy propose placing this line underground or overhead?

Dominion Energy has more than 6,700 miles of overhead transmission lines. The proposed project seeks to replace existing overhead structures with new overhead structures within the 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.

Our enterprise-wide environmental report describes our commitment to the responsible stewardship of natural resources and provides a wealth of information on environmental management and performance. We also invite you to read our Corporate Environmental Policy and our Greenhouse Gas Report.

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