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At Dominion Energy, we are dedicated to finding the best solution for the long-term energy needs within the communities we serve. As we remain focused on reliability, we have identified an aging electric transmission line, which has been in operation for over 80 years, and have initiated a project to rebuild the line. The line to be rebuilt is known as the Eastover to Hopkins 115 kV line and is 20 miles in length. The entirety of the rebuild will be done exclusively on existing transmission rights-of-way.

The engineering design and environmental permitting began in the 1st quarter of 2021 and is ongoing. Construction is planned to begin at the beginning of 2022 and is expected to be complete by the end of 2023. Letters will be sent out to impacted property owners along the route as DESC gets closer to construction.

Dominion Energy South Carolina will be replacing the existing 115 kilovolt (kV) wooden poles along this 20-mile corridor with self-supporting galvanized steel structures. The new line will be designed to meet all modern electric codes as well as provide additional reliability and resiliency to the greater East Columbia area. The rebuilt lines will be constructed by contractors of Dominion Energy. At this time, DESC expects there to be no interruptions in power to its customers.

The project will take place between Eastover and Hopkins. The line begins and ends at existing substation and goes in an East to West direction. All work will be done on existing rights-of-way. Along the way, the line travels around McEntire Joint National Guard Base.

While most of the line is away from heavily traveled areas, there may be traffic control set up at road crossings occasionally as Dominion Energy and its contractors ensure the work is completed safely and effectively.

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