Prehearing conference scheduled for Aug. 2 on Dominion Virginia Power’s rebuild project

A prehearing conference is scheduled for Aug. 2 in the Virginia State Corporation Commission’s (SCC) courtroom regarding Virginia Electric and Power’s (Dominion Virginia Power) proposed Line #65 rebuild project across the Rappahannock River, according to a July 25 hearing examiner’s ruling.

As noted in the ruling, Dominion Virginia Power in February filed with the SCC an application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) to build and operate an electric transmission line in Lancaster and Middlesex counties in Virginia, across the Rappahannock River.

Specifically, the company proposes to rebuild about 2.2 miles of its existing 115-kV transmission line, Harmony Village–Northern Neck Line #65, including an approximately 1.9-mile crossing of the Rappahannock River at the Robert O. Norris Bridge.

The SCC in March entered an order for notice and hearing in which it scheduled public hearings to be held in Kilmarnock, Va., on July 6; scheduled a public hearing in Richmond, Va., to begin on Sept. 20; and appointed a hearing examiner to conduct all further proceedings in this matter and to file a final report.

The ruling also noted that a motion was filed in June asking that Dominion Virginia Power be directed to supplement its application to address three alternatives:

  • Installing a set of insulated transmission lines on the Norris Bridge
  • Installing insulated transmission lines in a shallow trench across the river in conjunction with horizontally drilled pathways from the north and south banks traversing shallow depths adjacent to the banks
  • Laying insulated cables on the river bottom itself, in conjunction with horizontally drilled pathways from the north and south banks traversing shallow depths adjacent to the banks

Dominion Virginia Power was directed to conduct further study of the first two options, and the procedural schedule was continued pending further SCC ruling or order in a hearing examiner’s ruling dated July 22. The July 22 ruling also stated that a new procedural schedule would be determined in a prehearing conference scheduled in a separate ruling.

Dominion Virginia Power is a subsidiary of Dominion Resources (NYSE:D).

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