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At Dominion Energy, we are dedicated to finding the best solution for the long-term energy needs within the communities we serve. As we remain focused on reliability, we have identified an aging electric transmission line, which has been in operation for over 40 years, and have initiated a project to rebuild the line. This line to be rebuilt is known as the Wateree – Hopkins 230 kV line and is 18 miles in length. The entirety of the rebuild will be done exclusively on existing transmission rights-of-way.

The Engineering Design and Environmental Permitting began in the 1st quarter of 2021 and is ongoing. Construction is planned to begin at the beginning of 2022 and is expected to be complete by the end of 2022. Letters will be sent out to impacted property owners along the route as DESC gets closer to construction.

Dominion Energy South Carolina will be replacing the existing 230 kilovolt (kV) wooden poles along this 18-mile corridor with self-supporting galvanized steel structures. The new line will be designed to meet all modern electric codes as well as provide additional reliability and resiliency to the greater East Columbia area. The rebuilt lines will be constructed by contractors of Dominion Energy. At this time, DESC expects there to be no interruptions in power to its customers.

The project will take place between Eastover and Hopkins. The line begins and ends at existing substation and travels in an East to West direction with all work being done on existing rights-of-way.

While most of the line is away from heavily traveled areas, there may be traffic control set up at roads crossings occasionally as Dominion Energy and its contractors ensure the work is completed safely and effectively.

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