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We are committed to continually reviewing and analyzing our energy infrastructure to provide the most safe and reliable electric service to our neighbors. It has become necessary for us to address two existing transmission lines that have been in operation for nearly 70 years.

Updates

  • September 2019 - Line construction is now complete and the line is energized. Right of way restoration and access road removal will continue into 2020.
  • May 2019 - The project is about 60% complete. Construction should be complete by the end of fall 2019, with right of way rehabilitation to follow.
  • May 14-16, 2019 - Crews will remove wires from old structures spanning Route 1 in Dumfries. Traffic delays will occur in both directions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. between River Ridge Blvd. and Chesapeake Dr.
  • May 19, 2019 - Crews will remove wires from old structures spanning Interstate 95 in Dumfries. Traffic delays will occur in both directions from sunrise to 10 a.m. between exits 152A and 156.

Benefits

  • Requires no new right of way
  • Replaces the lines consistent with current electrical and safety standards
  • Creates flexibility in the network to address potential future needs
  • New structures are generally comparable in height and location to the existing 230kV lattice structures

Construction Updates

   Time Line Starting Point  Ending Point 
 Phase 1
COMPLETE
July 2018 -
February 2019*
Dominion Energy’s Possum
Point Switching Station
NOVEC’s Country
Club Substation
 Phase 2 and 3
COMPLETE
February 2019 -
August 2019*
NOVEC’s Country Club
Substation
NOVEC’s
Smoketown
Substation

Overview & Project Description

Dominion Energy has an existing electric transmission corridor that runs from its Possum Point facility in Prince William County up through Dumfries and north into the Dale City area west of I-95. In this corridor, there are two 115 kilovolt (kV) electric transmission lines that exclusively serve three NOVEC substations which provide power to more than 11,000 NOVEC customers. The Virginia State Corporation Commission approved this project on February 5, 2018.

Existing Transmission Corridor Conditions

  • Project area is ~8.4 miles long
  • Four transmission circuits on primarily three structures
  • Right of way width varies from 200’ – 285’ wide
  • Average wooden H-frame 115kV (Lines 18 & 145) structure height (to be replaced) = ~51’ tall
  • Average galvanized lattice 230kV (Lines 2022 & 237) structure height (will remain) = ~100’ – 107’ tall

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Photo Simulations

Timeline

  • End of 2019 - Project Complete (pending necessary approvals)
  • February 25, 2019 - Sent project update postcard to neighbors.
  • Summer 2018 – Begin construction activities
  • February 5, 2018 – Received SCC final approval
  • June 5, 2017 - Filed SCC Application
  • May 23, 2017 - Public Open House, Fitzgerald Elementary School
  • May 9, 2017 - Additional Public Information Mailer
  • May 4, 2017 - Public Open House, River Oaks Elementary School
  • May 2, 2017 - Public Open House, Fitzgerald Elementary School
  • April 14, 2017 - Public Announcement

SCC Applications

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

On June 5, 2017, Dominion Energy submitted its application regarding the Possum Point-Smoketown Project and on February 5, 2018, the SCC approved the project. Documents related to the case are available to the public on the SCC Docket Search section of the SCC website, in the "Search Cases" section – Case No. PUR-2017-00078. In addition, interested parties may comment directly to the SCC by sending an email to sccinfo@scc.virginia.gov.

To learn more about this process, view our SCC process map.


Application Documents


Procedural Schedule

The following are the key dates and developments 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.

  • July 10, 2017 – The SCC issued an Order for Notice and Public Hearing which sets the procedural schedule for this case
  • August 25, 2017 – Notices of Participation period ends
  • September 8, 2017 – Respondent Testimony due
  • September 14, 2017 – Local Public Hearing, Fitzgerald Elementary School, Woodbridge, VA @ 7 pm
  • September 28, 2017 SCC Staff Report
  • October 12, 2017Company Rebuttal Testimony
  • October 26, 2017 – Public Comment Period Ends
  • November 2, 2017 – SCC Public Evidentiary Hearing, State Commission’s Courtroom, Second Floor, Tyler Building, 1300 Main Street, Richmond, VA @10 am 
  • January 8, 2018 – Hearing Examiner issued findings and recommendations report
  • February 5, 2018 – SCC issues final order approving project
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