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October 30, 2014 Published in Business, Top Stories

Dominion To Delay Filing State Application For The Glebe – Potomac River 230kV Project

By Carla Branch

Dominion Virginia Power announced yesterday that the company will delay filing a request with the Virginia State Corporation Commission to construct a 230 kilovolt line from the Glebe Road Substation in Arlington through Alexandria to the Potomac River Generating Station in Old Town. DVP had planned to submit its request to the SCC on Nov. 25, but has decided to push that submission back to sometime in early 2015.

Dominion Virginia Power 230kV proposed route mapChuck Penn is a spokesperson for Dominion and explained the reason for the delay. “As is customary when developing a local reliability project, our planning engineers continue to run updated scenarios based on current and forecasted energy demands and power generation assumptions,” Penn said. “There are early indications that projected load growth may be marginally lower than originally projected, potentially representing a slight delay, but not elimination, of the pressing need for the project. A new load forecast will be available in December. Dominion has decided to wait for this new load forecast in order to file updated study results with the SCC. These forecasting changes are a normal part of the transmission planning process.

“In the interim, this additional time will have the added benefit of providing the City of Alexandria, Arlington County, other stakeholders and the greater community with the opportunity to provide further input to Dominion’s application to the SCC. We encourage interested stakeholders to continue to monitor the dedicated webpage for this project for updated information,” Penn said.

After the Alexandria City Council heard a presentation from Dominion about this proposed project in June, Council authorized City Manager Rashad Young to appoint a work group comprised of Alexandria residents to work closely with Dominion to develop recommendations as to the preferred route for the power line. The work group has held five meetings with representatives from DVP and their consultants. Dominion is considering nine routes – eight underground routes and one route under the waters of the Potomac River. City staff divided these routes into three tiers and asked the group to rate the alternatives from most desirable to least desirable. The group will finalize its recommendations at a meeting in November.


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