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Updates

  • September 10, 2020 - Dominion Energy will host a virtual open house to discuss the Lanexa to Northern Neck Rebuild project and solicit feedback from the community.
  • June 18, 2018 - Dominion Energy filed an application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity with the Virginia State Corporation Commission.

Project Goals

  • Minimize impact to the local community and environment
  • This project takes places within existing utility corridors
  • No new right of way is needed
  • Double circuit, weathering steel monopole structures
  • Provide long-term reliability and durability without excessive maintenance
  • Delivers operational system flexibility to meet future needs
  • Exceeds mandatory safety and reliability standards

Overview & Project Description

We are in the planning stages to rebuild a 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line from Lanexa, Virginia to the Northern Neck area just east of Warsaw, Virginia. We’re planning to replace the existing H frame structures with a taller, double circuit monopole structure and in some cases we’re also replacing existing lattice structures with a similar structure – constructed from a different material. This construction will occur along a 41 mile corridor and remain within the existing right of way while crossing the Mattaponi, Pamunkey and Rappahannock Rivers. We’re currently replacing the structures and cables crossing the Mattaponi River.

This project is needed to replace aging equipment. After nearly 5 decades of service, the structures and related components are at the end of their service life and need to be replaced to ensure reliable operation of the transmission line.

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Timeline

  • April 2018 - Project announced
  • May 8, 2018 - Hosted community open house at Cool Spring Primary School
  • May 10, 2018 - Hosted community open house at Central High School
  • May 16, 2018 - Hosted community open house at New Kent High School
  • June 18, 2018 - Filed SCC application
  • March – September 2020 - Public outreach and notification
  • October 2020 - File application with Virginia Sate Corporation Commission
  • 2021 - Project permitting
  • Spring 2022 - Begin construction
  • December 2023 - Target in-service date

SCC Applications

The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) has regulatory authority over all energy providers in Virginia and requires certification for all transmission lines out of the ordinary course of doing business or are at or above 138 kV. Among other responsibilities, the SCC validates the need for a proposed line and approves the route and structures. In reviewing a proposed project, the SCC must consider whether potential impacts on scenic assets, historic districts and the environment have been reasonably minimized. 


Application Documents

Procedural Schedule

The following key dates and developments are related to the SCC review timeline. For the most up-to-date and full listing of motions, rulings and other related documents, please refer to the SCC docket for this case.

  • Aug. 8, 2018 - SCC issues procedural order
  • Sept. 7, 2018 -Dominion Energy issues public notice
  • Sept. 28, 2018 - Dominion Energy files proof of notice and service
  • Oct. 16, 2018 - Notices of participation due
  • Nov. 13, 2018 - Respondent testimony due
  • Dec. 7, 2018 - Staff Report due
  • Dec. 18, 2018 - Dominion Energy rebuttal due
  • Jan. 8, 2019 - Public comments due
  • Jan. 15, 2019 - Public evidentiary hearing (10 a.m. at SCC’s Tyler Building at 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219)
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