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Dominion Power Public Meeting in Williamsburg Jan 9, 2012

Tree Huggers Unite !

Did you know that Dominion Power is looking to cut trees down in 150’ wide by 25 mile swath from Charles City County, through Freedom Park, ending in the Skiffes Creek area easy  of Williamsburg ?

Dominion Va Power is planning a transmission line to increase power to the peninsula when they close portions of the Yorktown and Chesapeake power plants.  Long ago they acquired an easement but never cleared or used it, running thru parts of Freedom Park and behind the two new schools.  The application they are putting forth to the State Corporation Commission plans on using this route.  They could use their existing corridor, but would need some additional easements.  If they do use the new one, rather than run the new lines along their existing corridor, it will wipe out about a 200 foot swath of land right thru parts of Freedom Park.

If you are concerned you should make plans to attend a public open house hosted by Dominion Virginia Power.

The meeting on the proposed Chickahominy-Skiffes Creek transmission line will be held Monday, Jan 9th from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at  Warhill High School, 4615 Opportunity Way, Williamsburg, VA 23188

According to Dominion Power electrical demand in the Hampton Roads, VA area is projected to increase by more than 20 percent by summer 2020.
This growth will place a strain on the electrical grid, and create the potential for overloads and violations of North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) reliability standards. Recently announced plans for retirement of local generation facilities* have accelerated the need for new transmission lines to be built and in service by 2014. Dominion is now looking into the potential of developing transmission lines utilizing previously acquired right-of-way easements to build a 500-kilovolt transmission line running about 25 miles through Charles City and James City counties.

Company officials will be available at the public meetings  to discuss the estimated $150 million-$250 million project with the public. The existing un-cleared easements should be large enough to accommodate the proposed line, Dominion Virginia Power said.

The utility intends to file an application in February with the State Corporation Commission for approval to build the line.

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Public open house events will be held in January 2012 at the following locations :

MONDAY, JANUARY 9: 5 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

  • Warhill High School
    4615 Opportunity Way
    Williamsburg, VA 23188 (map/directions)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10: 5 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

  • Charles City County Social Center
    8320 Ruthville Road
    Providence Forge, VA 23140 (map/directions)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11: 5 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

  • Woodside High School
    13450 Woodside Lane
    Newport News, VA 23608 (map/directions)

Project Details

Route Maps
Project Description
Project Benefits
Project Timeline
SCC Approval Process

 

Questions and Answers

What counties and cities do these lines cross?
Looking at a map of the proposed 500kV line, a corridor has already been cleared with existing transmission lines between the Chickahominy Substation and the Lightfoot Substation. Why doesn’t Dominion use that route instead of proposing to remove the vegetation on the uncleared easements?
What will the new transmission line towers look like, how tall will they be?
What are the costs associated with the project and how is it funded?
What is an easement? Do I still own my property?
Will property owners be compensated when Dominion utilizes the existing easements?
How can I learn more about the transmission system, and why new infrastructure is needed?
What other investments has Dominion made to improve transmission reliability in the Hampton Roads area?

*Dominion Resources, Virginia said  that within five years it will phase out two of its oldest coal-fired power plants – the Chesapeake and Yorktown plants located in coastal Virginia.

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