We are very pleased the James City County Board of Supervisors has approved a permit for a switching station. This paves the way for Virginians on the Peninsula to have cleaner energy and continued reliability for years to come. This project has been thoroughly examined over the last five years with many, many opportunities for public participation and comment – all the way up to the state Supreme Court. We know this was not an easy decision, and we appreciate the board recognizing the importance of this project for the 600,000 people who live and work on the Peninsula.
Our goal all along has been to complete this project in a way that ensures continued energy reliability while minimizing the cost for customers and the impact on the environment and historic sites. Numerous alternatives, including different routes, generation options and placing the line under the river, were carefully studied over the years by Dominion Energy, PJM and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As has been well proven, these other options were not chosen because they did not meet strict electrical and reliability standards, increased the impact to environmental resources, and/or failed other project criteria. The line will not be visible from the Jamestowne Fort, the Jamestown settlement, Colonial Williamsburg, or the Revolutionary Yorktown Battlefield.