The Virginia State Corporation Commission, in a June 15 order, said that a hearing to obtain testimony from public witnesses on a 500-kV rebuild project proposed by Virginia Electric and Power d/b/a Dominion Energy Virginia will be held telephonically on Nov. 18, with no witness present in the commission’s courtroom due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As noted in the order, Dominion Energy Virginia in May filed with the commission an application for certificates of public convenience and necessity to build and operate electric transmission facilities in Fauquier, Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Caroline counties in Virginia.
Dominion seeks to:
- Rebuild, entirely within existing right of way (ROW), about 21.5 miles of existing 500-kV Bristers-Chancellor Line #552, which runs from Dominion’s existing Bristers switching station in Fauquier County to its existing Chancellor substation in Spotsylvania County
- Rebuild, entirely within existing ROW, about 15.2 miles of existing 500-kV Chancellor-Ladysmith Line #581, which runs from Dominion’s existing Chancellor substation to its existing Ladysmith switching station in Caroline County, and which includes the rebuild of about 1.2 miles of 115-kV transmission Chancellor-Spotsylvania Line #198, which is co-located with Line #581 on Structures #581/2 to #581/7
- Perform minor substation work at the existing Bristers switching station, Chancellor substation, and Ladysmith switching station
The commission added that according to the company, the rebuild project is necessary to maintain the structural integrity and reliability of its transmission system in compliance with mandatory NERC reliability standards.
The company has stated that the desired in-service date for the project is Dec. 31, 2023, and that the estimated conceptual cost of the rebuild project (in 2020 dollars) is about $107.8m, which includes about $98.6m for transmission-related work and about $9.2m for substation-related work.
Any person or entity wishing to participate as a respondent in the proceeding may do so by filing a notice of participation by Aug. 24, the commission said.
The commission further noted that its staff is to file testimony and exhibits on the project by Oct. 8.
Any interested person may file comments by Nov. 12 on the application by following instructions found on the commission’s website. The commission also noted that a hearing will be convened on Nov. 19 to receive testimony and evidence offered by the company, respondents, and commission staff on the project. Further details on that hearing will be provided by subsequent commission order, the commission said.