Richmond, VA, Oct. 8, 2008 — Dominion Virginia Power’s plan for a new transmission line to serve Northern Virginia was approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission.
In a unanimous decision, the SCC ordered that the $243 million Meadow Brook-to-Loudoun transmission project be built and operational by July 1, 2011. It also affirmed the 65-mile route proposed by the company and recommended by the SCC hearing examiner that is adjacent to or within an existing transmission line right-of-way through Warren, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Fauquier, Prince William and Loudoun counties.
The Meadow Brook-to-Loudoun power line is part of a three-state transmission line, with the other sections proposed by Allegheny Energy in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The Virginia SCC and the West Virginia Public Service Commission have approved Allegheny’s applications while its application is pending before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. The Virginia SCC ordered that Dominion could not begin building the Meadow Brook line until all three states had approved the transmission line.
The SCC noted that neither planned generation nor conservation plans would remove the need for the Meadow Brook project by the summer of 2011. Dominion has started a series of conservation programs that they expect to reduce future demand.
John D. Smatlak, vice president of transmission at Dominion Virginia Power, said the utility believes the transmission line “… is the best and only answer to keep the lights on in an important section of our country and our state beginning in the summer of 2011.”
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