Good summary of what just happened in Gainesville and Haymarket and now are a concern for the entire region: http://www.northernvatimes.com/gainesville/article/dominion-proposes-gville-to-haymarket-power-line-extension.  Some key takeaways are:

  • Looks like an Amazon datacenter is the likely power hungry customer next to the Haymarket Substation.
  • If serving the area was the main concern then the substation would be near the center of demand, not on the far edge.
  • County authorization may not be needed.
  • The Virginia State Corporation Commission seems like the only government body that can stop this.