Dominion Power has come back to Fauquier County with yet another transmission line pro-posal. The plans for this new proposal are still vague, but Dominion is floating two different ideas:

  1. Rebuilding a 230 kV line from Remington to Warrenton within the existing right of way, and upgrading an overloaded line near Gainesville from 115 kV to 230 kV
  2. Create a new transmission corridor from east of Warrenton to the Gainesville substation near Vint Hill

We are very concerned about this second idea. Though they have yet to put any lines on a map for this proposal, Dominion has created a study area in northern Fauquier County that encompasses two Civil War battlefields, a Historic District, six schools, numerous neighborhoods, and over 25,000 acres of rural land in the Cedar Run watershed. PEC is concerned that Dominion wants to build new lines across historic countryside without adequately exploring less intrusive solutions.

Dominion spokespeople claim that there is a need in the area for the new lines, and PEC is planning to work with engineers to evaluate their claims. At a minimum, Dominion must analyze whether there are lower voltage solutions that can accomplish the same reliability goal with less impact on the surrounding communities.

Dominion has created a citizens advisory group to help a routing consultant locate sensitive areas. The group has met three times and will continue continue to meet through the summer. We will keep citizens informed as this issue progresses.

For more information about this issue, contact Rob Marmet, PEC's Senior Energy Policy Analyst: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (540) 347-2334.