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Frequently Asked Questions

Conservation measures, greater efficiency and demand-side management can reduce demand growth rates, but Dominion Energy does not expect these measures to be sufficient to eliminate the need altogether and is obligated to be prepared to satisfy the load requirements as they occur.

This project involves significant work to expand and upgrade the existing distribution system to help meet the immediate demand for electricity and better serve the area and its high-tech customers. However, the transmission facilities are the only solution that will meet the projected electrical needs in the area in 2017 and beyond. There are no distribution upgrades that would resolve the long-term projected energy demands in the area.

Routing a linear facility such as a transmission line involves balancing many considerations. Dominion Energy and its consulting partner, Natural Resource Group (NRG), conduct a rigorous routing process and will establish several criteria to facilitate a comparison among potential routes if identified. The evaluation will include a quantitative analysis based on these routing criteria as well as other factors determined from site visits and discussions with property owners and other key stakeholders.

The company relies on input from the community to determine an appropriate solution that will meet the need, while reasonably minimizing impacts to the community being served.

Prior to building transmission lines requiring new right of way, Dominion Energy acquires perpetual rights from the owners of properties along the approved route to construct, operate and maintain electric lines across private land. An easement is obtained by Dominion Energy from the property owner in the form of Dominion Energy's standard right of way agreement and the document is recorded in the land records of the County or City where the property is located.

This project supports Prince William County's economic development commitments and successes in reaching its economic development goals. New energy infrastructure will help support long-term economic growth in this area. For area residents and businesses, this also means improved reliability which should result in fewer outages and shorter durations if outages do occur. Constructing a new substation in our proposed location will provide redundancy in the network therefore reducing risk and improving reliability for the future.

Due to the interconnected nature of the electric transmission grid, all NOVEC customers rely on Dominion Energy's transmission infrastructure to deliver reliable power.

The Virginia State Corporation Commission may issue dates for a public hearing in the local area, with an evidentiary hearing in Richmond thereafter. Citizens are encouraged to participate in the process and provide input. The SCC maintains copies of all documents related to the case. Updates about the status of the application can be found on the SCC website.

Yes. The company, at its expense, will repair any private roads damaged by Dominion Energy or its contractors during construction of the line or during future maintenance. In addition, we will reimburse property owners for crop damage and repair or replace fences or gates if they are damaged.

As part of the SCC application, Dominion Energy will complete an evaluation of potential environmental, cultural, and historical impacts of the Haymarket 230kV Line and Substation Project. Dominion Energy works with many local and state agencies to complete these evaluations and mitigate any impacts. The company also submits annual Erosion and Sedimentation (E&S) Control Specifications and an anticipated list of transmission line projects for the construction and maintenance of transmission lines to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for review and approval. For program year 2015, this project will be included in the annual submittal for approval prior to construction. Our contractors receive copies of the E&S specifications and any additional permit conditions prior to construction and are directed to meet all requirements. The right of way will be rehabilitated when construction is complete.

Read our Corporate Environment Policy and associated reports.

Property owners will be notified before construction clearing begins.

Prior to building a new power line, the right of way must be cleared to allow construction activities and eventual transmission line operation that is safe and reliable. Existing low-growing vegetation may be left in place if it does not interfere with construction activities. Additionally, trees located outside of the right of way which are tall enough to potentially impact the transmission line may also be removed. These trees are commonly referred as danger trees: view a diagram of typical danger tree clearances.

Trees are cut to be no more than 3 inches above ground level. In the right of way, debris that is adjacent to homes will be disposed of by chipping or removal. In other more rural areas, debris may be mulched or chipped as practicable. Clearing will be accomplished by hand in wetland areas and within 100 feet of streams. Care will be taken not to leave debris in streams or wetland areas. Matting will be used for heavy equipment in these areas. Erosion control devices will be used on an ongoing basis during all clearing activities.

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