RICHMOND — The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has authorized Dominion Energy Virginia to construct a new 230-kilovolt electric transmission line and a new substation in Prince William County and the town of Haymarket that will follow the Carver Road route.
On April 6, the SCC issued an interim order that concluded both the Railroad Route and the Carver Road Route would reasonably minimize adverse impacts on the scenic assets, historic districts and the environment of the area concerned. The Commission concluded that of the two routes, the Railroad Route was preferable. However, legal constraints continue to preclude construction of the Railroad Route.
In its final order, the Commission reiterated its previous findings that the project is needed to maintain reliable electric service to the company’s customers and support overall growth in the area. The Commission added, “we remain sensitive to the fact that while we have found constructing the proposed project along the Carver Road Route satisfies the statutory requirements, such finding does not mean there will be no visual impact.” To further mitigate visual impact, the Commission is requiring the company to dull through chemical processes the finish of the tower structures.
Case Number PUE-2015-00107