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The structures along the 14-mile-long corridor from Yadkin Substation to Fentress Substation have been in service for more than five decades. In order to continue to provide reliable electric service, this project will rebuild the existing line and build two new 500 kilovolt (kV) lines. The aging transmission structures, which consist of weathering steel lattice, will be replaced by monopole structures. This project will also add additional transmission infrastructure necessary to deliver the renewable energy generated by the Coastal Offshore Wind (CVOW) project.

Changing the current lattice-type structures to taller monopoles will allow two independent transmission lines to be built without requiring new or expanded right of way. To maintain safety and operational clearances, the proposed monopole structure will increase in height by an average of 65 feet. This height increase also allows us to place the new structures in the same or similar locations as the old structures.

A clear right of way is a safe right of way. To reliably transmit electric power, Dominion Energy acquires permanent easement rights that allow us to use a property owner’s land to construct, operate, and maintain electric power facilities. We require the entire width of the right of way to be clear of structures and certain types of vegetation (including all trees). Although some activities are permitted in rights of way, physical structures like sheds, decks, playground equipment, and swimming pools, are not.

Although we routinely patrol our rights of way, projects like this one provide another opportunity for us to ensure easements are complying. If your structure is unauthorized and located in the right of way, we will require it to be relocated or removed. We are proactively connecting with individual property owners a year prior to our necessary construction activities to ensure you have ample time to respond to the encroachment violation.

The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) is the regulatory body with jurisdiction over transmission lines at or above 138 kilovolts (kV). Since this project is proposing to rebuild a 500 kV transmission line, it meets the criteria to be reviewed by the SCC. Dominion Energy intends to file an application in summer 2024. Although the SCC is the primary agency reviewing and ultimately approving the project, there may be additional permits needed from local, state, and federal agencies.

We want to hear your feedback. The purpose of our public engagement is to share, listen, and learn from our community members. The SCC also considers public input in its review process. Before we file an application with the SCC in summer 2024, we will continue public engagement to ensure all interested community members are aware of the project and have an opportunity to share feedback with our team. We hope to see you at our public meetings so we can hear what matters most to you.

Interested community members are welcome to request a separate meeting with our team. Whether you have a scheduling conflict during the community meeting dates, would like to discuss your property specifically, or would like to continue a discussion with our team following a community meeting, we are available for additional meetings by request. There are multiple ways to share your feedback with our team:

  • Contact us by email at or by phone at 888-291-0190.
  • Attend our public meeting on April 9, 2024 at The Chesapeake Convention Center from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Invite us to your community or property for a small group meeting.
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