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Over the last year, we have been preparing for construction on the Remington-Gordonsville 115 kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line. We are now ready to move into active construction. This includes building construction entrances and access roads for heavy equipment to reach each structure location, and dismantling existing structures and erecting new structures. In order to maintain reliability throughout construction, our plan is to segment the work along the 38-mile corridor into six phases.

Remington Gordonsville project map

Updates

  • September 2019 - Construction Informational Meeting held at Orange Public Works Office for the last sections of the rebuild
  • December 2019 - Work has started on the Somerset-Gordonsville section of the rebuild. Line construction on the Brandy-Mountain Run section will be completed and rehab will continue into 2020

Overview & Project Description

The approved solution uses the existing corridor from the Remington Substation in Fauquier County to the Gordonsville Substation in Albemarle County. This includes wrecking and rebuilding the single circuit 115kV structures within the corridor as a double circuit 230kV/115kV transmission line. To accommodate a second line along this corridor, structure heights will increase and the existing right of way will need to be expanded in very limited locations.

On Aug. 29, 2017, we received approval from the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) to rebuild this line. The SCC found that the project is needed and our solution reasonably minimizes adverse effects. The project includes rebuilding the single-circuit 115 kV structures within the corridor as a double-circuit 230 kV/115 kV transmission line. The project is approved using weathering steel monopoles on a 100-foot wide right of way, with the flexibility to implement shorter H-frame structures where feasible on a 140-foot wide right of way. We are working toward implementing the shorter H-frame structures on a 4.5-mile segment in the Rapidan area of Orange County along Clark Mountain.

SECTION 1:

LOUISA-GORDONSVILLE

This 0.8-mile section of wooden H-frame structures will remain. Crews will remove the existing conductor wire on the structures and install new conductor wire. Work on this section will begin in October 2019 and last through March 2020.

SECTION 2:

GORDONSVILLE-SOMERSET

This 2-mile section of brown, weathering-steel H-frame structures will be replaced with weathering-steel double-circuit monopole structures. Work on this section will begin in October 2019 and last through March 2020.

SECTION 3:

SOMERSET-DOUBLE DAY

This 3.5 mile section of wooden H-frame structures will be replaced with weathering-steel double-circuit monopole structures. Work on this section will begin in Winter 2020 and last through June 2020.

SECTION 4:

MITCHELLS-MOUNTAIN RUN

This 6.6-mile section of wooden H-frame structures will be replaced with weathering-steel double-circuit monopole structures. Work on this section will begin in October 2019 and last through June 2020.

Community Engagement


Structure Types


Project Overview Maps

The following two documents identify where the right of way could be expanded to 140 feet to accommodate the shorter H-frame structure option.


Construction-Related Maps

Timeline

  • Nov. 13, 2015 - File SCC Application
  • 2017 - Initiate construction activities, subject to regulatory approval
  • 2019 - Total Project Complete

SCC Applications

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

Dominion Energy submitted its application regarding the Remington-Gordonsville project on Nov. 13, 2015 and on August 29, 2017, the SCC issued its final order approving the project. Documents related to the case are made available to the public on the SCC Docket Search section of the SCC web site, in the "Search Cases" section (enter case number PUE-2015-00117). In addition, interested parties may also 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.

  • December 29, 2015 - The SCC has issued an Order for Notice and Public Hearing which sets the procedural schedule for this case.
  • January 4, 2016 - Informational Submittal, DHR Pre-application analysis revised report Part 1 and Part 2.
  • March 12, 2016 - Notice of Participation
  • April 1, 2016 - SCC Staff files “Motion for Expedited Summary Ruling that the Proposed Remington-Pratts Alternative Should Not Continue as Part of this Proceeding”.
  • April 11, 2016 - Dominion Energy files response to SCC Staff’s Motion for Expedited Summary Ruling in which it did not object and reiterated its support for the proposed solution.
  • April 12, 2016 - Hearing Examiner issues ruling grating SCC’s Staff Motion for Expedited Summary Ruling, removing the Remington-Pratts alternatives from the proceedings.
  • April 28, 2016 - Public Local Hearing, Orange County High School, 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm.
  • May 10, 2016 - Respondents Testimony
  • May 27, 2016 - Staff Testimony
  • June 14, 2016 - Motion of Extension Granted
  • June 28, 2016 - Public Hearing, SCC courtroom, Richmond, VA.
  • July 12, 2016 - Company submitted its Rebuttal Testimony | Map identifying right of way width options | Typical H-Frame structure design
  • July 19, 2016 - Public Comment Period Ends.
  • July 28, 2016 - Public Evidentiary Hearing @10 am, SCC courtroom, 2nd Floor, Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, VA.
  • June 13, 2017 - Hearing Examiner’s Findings and Recommendations.
  • July 5, 2017 - Company files comments regarding Hearing Examiner’s Findings and Recommendation.
  • August 29, 2017 - SCC issues final order approving the project.

FAQs

Will Dominion Energy require additional right of way?

The existing corridor is primarily 100 feet wide, except in a few areas where the right of way is narrower. The Company anticipates that the existing right of way may need to be expanded in certain locations. In those cases Dominion Energy will approach the individual landowners regarding the expansion of the right of way easement to ensure appropriate and compliant spacing for the rebuilt structures.

How will routes be determined?

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.

For approval of a project by the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC), Dominion Energy must propose an electrical solution that addresses the identified need and a route that reasonably minimizes adverse impacts, along with alternatives. At this time we are still studying the feasibility and impacts of options to serve this area. Ultimately, the SCC determines the final alignment of the route.

I'm an REC member. How does a Dominion Energy transmission project benefit me?

Dominion Energy and FirstEnergy’s transmission facilities serve REC’s distribution system. The project will address contingency issues that could result in violations of federal and company reliability standards. Addressing these identified problems will provide utilities with greater flexibility for managing the transmission grid, as well as maintain the reliable service that Dominion Energy and REC provide their customers.

What will be the environmental impact of construction of the line?

As part of the SCC application, Dominion Energy will complete an evaluation of potential environmental, cultural, and historical impacts of the Remington Pratts 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.

How will tree clearing be handled for the construction of this new line?

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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