Oral argument scheduled for March 31 in Maryland on Delmarva Power’s proposed 138-kV line

The chief public utility law judge of the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC), in a March 21 notice, said that oral argument is scheduled for March 31 on certain motions in the case involving Delmarva Power & Light’s proposed 138-kV overhead transmission line from the Piney Grove substation in Wicomico County, Md., to the Maryland/Virginia state line.

As TransmissionHub reported, the Power Plant Research Program (PPRP) of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources on March 17 filed a motion with the PSC to delay the schedule pertaining to the proposed project.

Delmarva Power last August applied at the PSC for a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) to build the Maryland portion of the 30.9-mile, 138-kV transmission line originating at the company’s Piney Grove substation and extending to Delmarva Power’s Wattsville substation in Accomack County, Va.

The project, which would be located within existing right of way (ROW), is called the Piney Grove to Wattsville Project. The Maryland portion of the project involves construction of 24.75 miles of high-voltage AC transmission circuit from the Piney Grove substation to the Maryland/Virginia state line.

The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) staff, in a Jan. 5 report filed with the SCC, said that it does not oppose the proposed project, concluding that the company has reasonably demonstrated the need for the proposed project.

As noted in the March 21 notice, the Maryland Office of People’s Counsel on March 18 filed a motion to revise and delay the existing procedural schedule in the proceeding.

Delmarva Power requested oral argument on the motions as well as an opportunity to file a response to the motions by March 25. The chief judge added that the company’s request to file a response by March 25 is granted, and the oral argument is scheduled to take place at the PSC’s 19th Floor Hearing Room in Baltimore, Md.

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