On February 26, 2019, the Surry-Skiffes Creek Transmission Line project was energized Tuesday, dramatically improving the electric reliability and bringing cleaner air to the 600,000 customers on the Virginia Peninsula.
On March 1, 2019, the D.C. Circuit Court remanded the Army Corps of Engineers permit for the Skiffes Creek transmission line and ordered the Corps to conduct an environmental impact statement. Dominion Energy has a 45-day window to evaluate the court’s decision and determine our next step. In the meantime the line is energized and serving the purpose it was designed to do.
The project entailed the construction of a 7.7-mile electric transmission line across the James River from the Surry switchyard to the new Skiffes Creek switching station in James City County. What’s more, the line is out of sight from historic treasures such as Historic Jamestowne, Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown Battlefield.
Dominion Energy crews have worked diligently, swiftly and safely to complete this critical transmission project that has been key to meeting environmental regulations to permanently shut down two coal-fired units at Yorktown Power Station. It also will reduce reliance on Yorktown’s oil-fired unit 3, which is forecasted to close in 2022.
As a result of the collaboration process and approved by the Army Corps of Engineers, a $90 million mitigation plan provided for preservation and enhancement of landscapes, protection of shorelines and maintenance of water quality for historic properties on federal, Commonwealth, municipal, county, and private lands.
“We are grateful to our partners and employees who worked diligently to complete this critical transmission project,” said Kevin Curtis, vice president of Electric Transmission.
Decommissioning for the two Yorktown coal-fired generating units began in March.