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The Surry-Skiffes Creek Transmission Line was energized on Feb. 26, 2019. It will meet growing demand and make sure Virginia's peninsula has clean, reliable energy for years to come.
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Benefits

  • Supply needed capacity to serve the local area and our nation’s critical military facilities
  • Support local growth and economic development in central and eastern Virginia
  • Comply with mandatory NERC Reliability Standards
  • Fewer service interruptions and shorter outage durations

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Overview & Project Description

Initial studies conducted by the company and PJM in 2011 identified the proposed project as needed to address thermal overloadings, voltage problems and right of way outages projected to occur beginning in the summer of 2019. Although load forecasts have declined slightly since then, the line is still vitally needed. Now the key driver for accelerating this proposed transmission line project is the retirement of the Yorktown Power Station. Yorktown coal-fired units will retire no later than 2017. More information on generation retirements can be found in the 2017 Integrated Resource Plan.

Photo Simulations

Photo simulations and diagrams represent views of proposed facilities and are provided by Truescape. These illustrations do not depict exact structure design or physical placement. All projects are subject to change and to final engineering.

Complete package of simulations provided with the SCC application, Appendix C.

Surry-Skiffes Creek 500kV route

Skiffes Creek-Whealton 230kV route

Skiffes Creek Switching Station

Route Map

SCC Applications

The State Corporation Commission (SCC) is responsible for determining the need, route and environmental impact of all transmission lines at 138 kV and above in Virginia. To learn more about this process, view our SCC process map.
  • December 22, 2015 - SCC Order Granting Extension of the project, in-service extended until the date twenty (20) months after the Army Corps issues a construction permit for the Certificated Project
  • December 4, 2015 - Order establishing the following due dates with respect to the Company’s motion seeking to extend the required in-service date of the Skiffes project:
  • December 1, 2015, Motion for Extension of Construction & In-Service Date
  • June 5, 2015, SCC issued an Order recognizing Supreme Court of Virginia’s June 4, 2015 ruling that remanded this case to the Commission. In its Order, the SCC recognized the critical need for the project, stating the need is “severe and fast approaching, and the reliability risks are far reaching” and ordered Dominion Energy to file regular updates on the status of the Certificated Project.
  • April 30, 2015, Dominion Energy filed a Petition for Rehearing with the Supreme Court of Virginia regarding the Skiffes Creek matter.
  • April 29, 2015, the SCC filed a Petition for Rehearing with the Supreme Court of Virginia regarding the Skiffes Creek matter.
  • April 16, 2015, the Supreme Court of Virginia unanimously upheld the order approving the construction of a proposed 500-kilovolt transmission line over the James River from Surry to James City Count.
  • February 28, 2014, the SCC issued Order Amending Certificates authorizing Dominion Energy to construct the Certificated Project with Variation 1.
  • December 16, 2013, Dominion Energy filed a petition with the Commission for limited reconsideration or rehearing of the Order which approved ‘Variation 4’ as the route for the 500kV line. An order granting reconsideration was approved by the SCC on Dec. 17, 2013.
  • November 26, 2013, the SCC approved Dominion Energy’s request to build the proposed new high voltage electric transmission lines from Surry County to the city of Hampton. The project approved includes an overhead crossing of the James River.
  • August 2, 2013, the Hearing Examiner’s Report was filed. In the Report, the Mr. Skirpan recommended approval of the proposed project substantially as proposed. He affirmed the need for the project overall and the need in particular for the 500 kV overhead crossing of the James River.
  • April 9, 2013, the SCC evidentiary hearing began in Richmond.
  • March 14, 2013, Dominion Energy filed Rebuttal Testimony with the SCC. The Additional Analyses continue to show the Company’s proposed Surry-Skiffes Creek overhead 500 kV line is the best, most cost effective, viable solution for meeting the needs of the area.
    • Rebuttal – Volume I: Testimony and Exhibits
    • Rebuttal – Volume 2: Testimony and Exhibits, continued
    • Rebuttal – Volume 3: Schedules and Studies 1-6Ca (pages 3-27 contain summary information)
    • Rebuttal – Volume 4: Schedules and Studies 7A-8 (pages 3-27 contain summary information)
    • Rebuttal – Volume 5: Schedules and Studies 9-13C (pages 3-27 contain summary information)
    • Rebuttal – Volume 6: Schedules and Studies 14A-26a (pages 3-27 contain summary information)
  • January 30, 2013, the SCC issued an order including a Revised Hearing Schedule.
  • January 11, 2013, the SCC Staff Report (2 volumes, 12 parts) for Surry-Skiffes Creek 500kV and Skiffes Creek-Whealton 230kV Projects was released. Staff witnesses John Chiles and Wayne McCoy filed testimony in the case and provided their recommendations in the report. The Staff consultants agree the Project adequately addresses the Company’s identified reliability needs and support the Company’s proposed routes, including a 500kV line overhead line across the James River.
  • October 24, 2012, the SCC held local public hearings in Williamsburg and January 10, 2013 in Richmond for the purpose of receiving testimony from members of the public and evidence related to the Application from the Company, any respondents, and the Commission's Staff.
  • June 11, 2012, Dominion Energy filed an application with the SCC.

    View documents related to Case Number PUE-2012-00029 as presented on the SCC web site. In addition, interested parties may also comment directly to the SCC by sending an email to sccinfo@scc.virginia.gov.

  • Volume I -- Application and Appendix
  • Volume II -- Testimony and DEQ Supplement 
  • Volume III -- Environmental Routing Study Appendix A-F
  • Volume IV -- Environmental Routing Study Appendix G
  • Volume V -- Environmental Routing Study Appendix G (cont.)
  • Volume VI -- Environmental Routing Study Appendix H, I, J

Before proceeding with the project as approved in the SCC Order, a permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers (COE) is necessary.

“Enclosed with this notice you will find Dominion Energy’s Alternative Analysis which captures these recommendations, as well as the other alternatives considered during their selection process of the preferred alternative being proposed. Dominion Energy must take action to ensure continued reliable electric services, consistent with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Reliability Standards, is provided to its customers in the North Hampton Road Load Area. Failure to address the purpose and need of this project could lead to loss of service and potential damage to other facilities in the area, resulting in significant impacts to electric service and the region’s economy.”

  • In response to public notice issued by the Corps on 5/21/2015, Dominion Energy developed preliminary mitigation ideas as a starting point for discussion. This presentation was used as an opportunity for discussion surrounding mitigation opportunities at the 3rd Consulting Parties Meeting hosted by the Corps and held 6/24/2015.

Approvals

8.0 miles total; approximately 1.5 miles on Dominion Energy land at Surry Power Station in Surry County, 4.1 miles overhead across the James River, and 2.3 miles on land in southern James City County. Of this 2.3 miles, approximately 1.7 miles will utilize existing Dominion Energy right of way, although the easement will need to be expanded. A total of seventeen (17) structures will be located in the James River. The approved route includes eight (8) towers on the western side near Hog Island and nine (9) structures spanning the width of the river.

This sample 500kV structure diagram represents preliminary engineering for thirteen (13) of the typical towers proposed in the James River (height averages 160’). This diagram illustrates one of the four (4) towers located on each side of the two active shipping channels (heights range from 275'-295'). The four shipping channel towers are designed to be taller than the other thirteen structures in the James River in order to allow marine traffic to pass safely underneath.

Build and operate a new switching station on land already acquired (near the I-64 corridor) in southern James City County.

Details and visuals of the proposed switching station facilities:

20.2 miles; all existing, cleared corridor.

From the approved Skiffes Creek Switching Station south to the existing Whealton Substation, Dominion Energy plans to reconfigure the existing transmission lines and towers in order to accommodate a new 230,000 volt (230kV) line. Final engineering has not been completed and several different structure types are being considered.

This sample 230kV structure diagram represents preliminary engineering for the corridor just north of the Whealton Substation. Additional easements will not be required to accommodate this 230kV line.
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