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Virtual Community Meeting

Miss the September 14, 2021 virtual community meeting?

View the virtual community meeting recording here!

Project Goals:

Our suggested approach is to rebuild this line in a manner that:

  • Upgrades it to current 230 kV standards
  • Utilizes the existing right of way
  • Primarily uses brown, weathering steel H-frames and pole structures

Documents

Line 293 Overview Map

Overview

Most of the existing structures and components along this 21.5-mile line corridor have been in service for nearly five decades. The line is built primarily on wooden H-frame structures with brown, weathering steel lattice structures and monopole structures in some locations. Due to the age of the wooden H-frames and reliability concerns with weathering steel lattice structures, the line needs to be replaced to maintain reliability for our customers.

We are proposing to replace the existing double circuit weathering-steel lattice structures primarily with brown, weathering-steel monopoles and to replace the existing single circuit wooden H-frame structures with brown, weathering steel H-frame structures with galvanized cross arms and x-braces.

  • Virtual Community Meeting

Purpose

The key purpose of this project is to replace old infrastructure and rebuild to current reliability standards.

Existing Transmission Corridor Conditions:

  • Project area is 21.5 miles long
  • Right of way is primarily 120 feet wide with some 100-foot sections
  • Double circuit monopoles and lattice structures
  • Single circuit wood H-frames
  • Existing average structure height: 73.3'
  • Existing average single-circuit structure height: 64.7'
  • Existing average double-circuit structure height: 122.4'

Proposed Transmission Corridor Conditions

  • Utilize existing right of way corridor
  • Brown, weathering-steel H-frames with galvanized cross arms and x-braces
  • Brown, weathering-steel monopoles, and 3-pole structures in some areas
  • Proposed average structure height: 79.3'
  • Proposed average single-circuit structure height: 71.3'
  • Proposed average double-circuit structure height: 125.7'
Staunton-Valley Structure Height Comparison Tool

Note: Proposed structure heights are based on preliminary engineering calculations and are subject to change with final engineering design.

Anticipated Timeline

  • April 2021 - Project announcement sent to community
  • Q2 2021 - Q2 2023 - Permitting activities, coordination with stakeholders, and conceptual design
  • August/September 2021 - Hold virtual community meeting
  • Fall 2021 - Submit SCC application
  • Summer 2023 - Begin construction
  • End of 2025 - Complete construction
  • Q2/Q3 2026 - Complete restoration

SCC Approval Process

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 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.

To learn more, please view our SCC application review process.
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