Virginia hearing examiner cancels April 14 hearing on Dominion’s proposed 230-kV project

The hearing examiner said that any person wishing to comment on the company’s application is to — by April 21 — file written comments on the application with the commission clerk

A Virginia State Corporation Commission senior hearing examiner, in an April 10 ruling, said that the public evidentiary hearing scheduled for April 14 on a 230-kV transmission project proposed by Dominion Energy Virginia should be cancelled.

As noted by Michael Thomas, the senior hearing examiner, Virginia Electric and Power d/b/a Dominion Energy Virginia in December 2019 filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission an application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) to build and operate the Evergreen Mills 230-kV Line Loops and Evergreen Mills Switching Station project which consists of:

  • The new 230-kV Evergreen Mills switching station on land owned by a new data center customer
  • The new approximately 0.6-mile, 230-kV, double-circuit loop of the company’s existing 230-kV Brambleton-Yardley Ridge Line #2172 on new right of way (ROW), supported by seven structures, from a tap point along those lines (Evergreen Mills Junction) to the Evergreen Mills switching station (Line #2172 Loop)
  • A new approximately 0.6-mile, 230-kV, double-circuit loop of the company’s existing 230-kV Brambleton-Poland Road Line #2183 on new ROW, supported by nine structures, from the Evergreen Mills Junction to the Evergreen Mills switching station (Line #2183 Loop)

Thomas noted that the company, commission staff, and Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) — collectively referred to as the stipulating parties — on April 9 filed a joint stipulation regarding the evidence to be entered into the record in this case (PUR-2019-00191), including the state Department of Environmental Quality’s impact review, which includes the wetland impacts consultation, filed in February.

Thomas said that under “the joint stipulation, and considering the ongoing public health emergency related to the spread of novel coronavirus, I find the foregoing exhibits should be admitted into the evidentiary record in this proceeding, the evidentiary record should be closed, the case should be taken under advisement, and a hearing examiner’s final report should be issued in due course.”

Among other things, Thomas said that any person wishing to comment on the company’s application is to — by April 21 — file written comments on the application with the commission clerk.