Transmitting New Clean Energy
In order to identify transmission route options from Naval Air Station Oceana to Fentress Substation, Dominion Energy conducted a study over the last year that included the Hampton Roads region and extensive engagement with the community.
With this study, we focused on the locations of neighborhoods, public use and gathering spots, schools, churches and parks, and important natural resources such as wetlands and historical and archaeological sites. We also evaluated existing rights-of-way and opportunities to co-locate with other infrastructure, such as existing transmission lines, roads, and railways.
Dominion Energy also held 10 virtual and in-person public meetings and conducted more than 1,100 individual, small group meetings, topic-specific workshops, and roundtables. We also deployed the online interactive tool GeoVoice to provide the community with opportunities to review the route options and share feedback.
Dominion Energy filed a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) with the State Corporation Commission (SCC) on November 5, 2021. As with any CPCN filing of this kind, Dominion Energy presents a proposed transmission interconnection route and alternatives.
The Proposed Route
Under the proposed route, the underground line at SMR transitions to overhead and progresses to the Fentress Substation, with 92 percent of the route either following the undeveloped Southeastern Parkway and Greenbelt roadway project or co-locating with existing Dominion Energy transmission line corridors.
The proposed route is the shortest option, limits the need for new rights-of-way, and minimizes, to the greatest extent possible, impacts to private property, the community, environment, historical and cultural resources.
In addition to Dominion Energy’s application to the Virginia State Corporation Commission, the company filed its Construction and Operations Plan (COP) in December 2020 with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).
Through the COP filing, Dominion Energy shows, among other things, that it designed and sited the CVOW commercial project in a manner that protects natural resources, the environment, and human and wildlife health; uses the best available and safest technology; and does not unreasonably interfere with other uses of the Outer Continental Shelf, such as commercial and recreational fishing, commercial shipping lanes and military training maneuvers.
In July 2021, BOEM issued the Notice of Intent (NOI) for the CVOW commercial project, marking the next step in the project’s completion timeline. The NOI began the federal review process of the CVOW project in preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement. During this time, BOEM held public scoping meetings and accepted public comments through August 2, 2021.
See the NOI
Watch the public scoping meetings
See the COP
While BOEM prepares the Environmental Impact Statement and reviews construction, operations, and conceptual decommissioning of CVOW, the SCC will carefully evaluate the proposed route and the alternatives. The SCC will determine the final transmission route for the CVOW project.
SCC Approval Process
The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) has regulatory authority over all regulated energy providers in Virginia. Among other responsibilities, the SCC validates the need for a proposed project and approves the associated transmission line route and structures. In reviewing a proposed project, the SCC must consider whether potential impacts on scenic assets, historic districts and the environment have been reasonably minimized.
Read our Nov. 5 SCC filing
For the full up-to-date listing of motions, rulings and other related documents, please refer to the SCC docket for this case.
Upcoming public comment opportunities and meetings:
- 02/25/2022 – Notices of Participation deadline
- 03/25/2022 – Respondent Testimony deadline
- 05/12/2022 – Deadline for public witnesses to indicate desire to testify
- 05/16/2022 – Deadline for Public Comments
- 05/16/2022 – Public Witness Hearing (telephonic)
- 05/17/2022 – Evidentiary Hearing (TBD whether live or virtual)
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