more commonly known
as Dominion, is
proposing a new 230
kilovolt (kV) electric
transmission line in the
Haymarket area. The line
will be approximately five miles
long and require a new electric
substation. The project has been
estimated to cost $65 million.
Dominion states that this addition to
capacity is required to support a new
high-tech sector business expansion
project, as well as future growth in
power demand. Although not identified
by Dominion, it is widely believed that
the high-tech project is the expected construction of a 500,000 square foot
data center by Amazon. Amazon has also
not disclosed its plans, but it owns the
company that purchased property near Haymarket.
Dominion has studied at least ten possible paths to run the line and has filed their application with a recommended route and four alternatives to the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) for evaluation. All of the routes require the use of towers up to 110 feet high and a cleared right of way of 110-120 feet.
One route, the I-66 Hybrid Alternative, would bury a portion of the transmission line for reduced visual impact. The company claims that this construction method increases the cost by a factor of six to ten times, is less reliable, has half the life expectancy, and is more environmentally invasive.
If the SCC approves the proposal, which was filed November 6, 2015, the construction could start later in 2016. The new line is expected
to be energized in 2018.
“The Coalition to Protect Prince
William County (CPPWC) was
formed to defend homes,
health and habitat in northern
Prince William County and
adjoining areas by preventing
the construction of high-voltage
overhead transmission lines
through residential communities
and the Rural Crescent.” The
organization, made up of HOAs,
businesses and individuals, works to
inform and influence policy makers
and regulators on issues affecting the
quality of life, natural resources and
historical heritage in northern Prince
Their primary target is the elimination of
the Dominion Haymarket 230 kV
transmission line or at least minimize its
impact. However, the CPPWC is also opposed
to “inappropriate sited industrial uses, commercial uses and data centers.”
Members strongly believe that the power
line and other non-rural facilities will deflate property values and destroy habitat for humans and wildlife. The Coalition favors growth and job creation; however, such facilities should be located in the commercial areas that have been set aside in the County for these purposes.
The CPPWC knows that defeating the transmission line completely is at best a long shot. While it has not given up on this goal, the CPPWC has started accepting that the Hybrid Alternative as the best of the proposed routes. This alternative route would require that part of the line be buried. The Coalition pushed for a full county resolution to formalize the hybrid route to protect all above ground routes while also advocating for critical zoning changes to ensure data centers are properly placed. See the CPPWC website under Learn More below for additional information.
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