Persons interested in Virginia Electric and Power’s d/b/a Dominion Virginia Power’s proposed rebuild of the 500-kV Carson–Rogers Road Line may file written comments with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) by Dec. 1, the SCC said in a Sept. 9 order.
As noted in the order, Dominion Virginia Power in August filed with the SCC an application for approval and certificate of transmission facilities in connection with the proposed rebuild project.
According to the application, the SCC said, Dominion Virginia Power proposes to rebuild, entirely within its existing right of way (ROW), about 27.5 miles of its existing 500-kV Carson–Rogers Road Line #585 in Dinwiddie, Sussex and Greensville counties from Structure #3, outside of the Carson switching station, to Structure #142, located at a point north of the junction of Line #585 and Line #570, about 0.9 mile northwest of the company’s approved Rogers Road switching station in Greensville County, which is under construction.
Dominion Virginia Power has noted that the Carson–Rogers Road Line provides service to its transmission system in the southern and central regions of Virginia, and it is a critical component of the electric transmission grid that serves Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and beyond.
The SCC also said that according to the company, the proposed rebuild project is necessary so that the company can continue to provide reliable electric service consistent with mandatory NERC reliability standards for transmission facilities and the company’s transmission planning criteria. Dominion Virginia Power has also noted that the proposed rebuild project provides the benefit of replacing aging transmission facilities that are reaching the end of their service lives in the long term.
According to the company, the SCC added, the anticipated in-service date for the proposed rebuild project is December 2018, and the project’s estimated cost is about $52.9m, of which about $52.6m would be spent on transmission line construction and about $266,000 would be spent on work at the Carson station.
Among other things, the SCC said that its staff is to investigate the company’s application and file by Jan. 11, 2017, with the SCC clerk a report containing its findings and recommendations on the matter. The company may file by Jan. 25, 2017, any response in rebuttal to the staff report and any comments filed by interested persons in the proceeding.
Dominion Virginia Power is a subsidiary of Dominion Resources (NYSE:D).