Public hearing to be held in July regarding Dominion’s proposed rebuild project in Virginia

A public evidentiary hearing on the April 1 application filed by Virginia Electric and Power (Dominion) regarding the company’s proposed 500-kV Mt. Storm-Valley Line #550 Transmission Line Rebuild project will convene on July 30 at the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond, Va., the commission said in an April 9 order.

As noted in the order, Dominion seeks to rebuild, entirely within its existing right of way (ROW), about 64.5 miles of its existing Mt. Storm-Valley line, of which 30.9 miles are located in Virginia – in Augusta and Rockingham counties – with the remaining portion of the line located in West Virginia.

Dominion asserts that the proposed project is necessary to maintain the structural integrity and reliability of its transmission system, as well as to provide reliable electric service to its customers in the area. The commission added that Dominion anticipates an in-service date of Dec. 31, 2021, for the proposed project, subject to commission approval and outage scheduling.

The commission said that the company estimates the conceptual cost of the proposed project – both Virginia and West Virginia portions – to be $288.2m, including about $255.9m for transmission-related work and about $32.3m for substation-related work (2019 dollars).

Any person or entity may participate as a respondent in the proceeding by filing a notice of participation by June 4. The commission also said that each respondent may file by June 18 with the commission clerk – and serve on staff, the company, and all other respondents – any testimony and exhibits by which the respondent expects to establish its case.

Commission staff is to file by July 2 with the clerk a report containing its findings and recommendations. The commission added that by July 16, the company may file with the clerk any rebuttal testimony and exhibits that it expects to offer.

Among other things, the commission said that any interested person may file written comments on the application with the commission clerk by July 23.

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