Public evidentiary hearing to be held in February on proposed 138-kV project in Virginia

A public evidentiary hearing on the application of Virginia Electric and Power d/b/a Dominion Energy Virginia involving proposed electric transmission facilities will be held on Feb. 12, 2019, in the Virginia State Corporation Commission’s second floor courtroom located in Richmond, Va., the commission said in a Sept. 27 order.

As noted in the filing, the company in late August filed with the commission its application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to build and operate the facilities in Alleghany County, Va., and City of Covington, Va. The company proposes to:

  • Rebuild, entirely within existing transmission right of way (ROW), Virginia Department of Transportation ROW, or on company owned property, about 1.4 miles of the existing 138-kV overhead transmission Lines #112 and #161, which are collocated primarily on steel towers running from the company’s existing Fudge Hollow station to the existing Covington substation
  • Rebuild three existing structures between the Covington substation and the Line #112 and #161 Junction, entirely within existing ROW
  • Rebuild, entirely within existing ROW, about 3.9 miles of the existing 138-kV overhead transmission Line #112 on steel towers running from the Line #112 and #161 Junction to the Line #112 and #133 Junction
  • Replace existing shield wire within the entire existing 7.3-mile, 138-kV overhead transmission corridor between the company’s existing Fudge Hollow and Low Moor substations, which contains Line #112 and segments of Line #161 and Line #133, with one fiber optic shield wire, which would facilitate company network telecommunications between the Fudge Hollow substation and Low Moor substation
  • Perform minor work at the existing Fudge Hollow, Covington, and Low Moor substations, including conductor and connector replacement

The commission added that according to the company, the rebuild project is necessary to rebuild portions of the Fudge Hollow-Low Moor Line #112 and East Mill-Low Moor Line #161, which are nearing their end of life.

The company states that the rebuild project could be in service by Dec. 31, 2020, subject to commission approval and outage scheduling. According to the application, the commission added, the estimated cost of the rebuild project is about $11.3m, which includes $11m for transmission-related work and $0.3m for substation-related work.

Among other things, the commission said that any interested person may file written comments on the application by Dec. 21, and that any person or entity may participate as a respondent in the proceeding by filing a notice of participation by Nov. 9. Also, regulatory staff is to investigate the application and file, by Jan. 11, 2019, testimony and exhibits. The commission added that by Jan. 25, 2019, the company is to file with the commission clerk any rebuttal testimony and exhibits that it expects to offer.

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