What’s Up Woodbridge: SCC hearing tomorrow in Haymarket for Dominion power lines

Posted By: What’s Up Woodbridgeon: February 23, 2016

The first hearings for the proposed Dominion power line project will be held by the State Corporation Commission (SCC) tomorrow in Haymarket.

The project, which would create a 230 kilovolt power line, currently has five potential routes that are being put up for consideration.

The hearings, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., will be held at Battlefield High School at 15000 Graduation Drive.

Initially the county was not original forthcoming with information about the users for the new power lines, and there was a lot of speculation as to the impetus for the project.

It was later confirmed by Haymarket’s Mayor David Leake that Amazon is the driver for the power lines, as they are planning build a data center just outside of Haymarket, and there is not currently enough power generated in the area to fulfill a data center’s large power needs.

According to ‘Protect PWC’, a local interest group that has concerns about the proposed power line plans, and their website, the hearings are a chance for residents to let the SCC know about how the plans will impact them.

Protect PWC has stated on their website that the preferred route for Dominion’s power lines is a ‘hybrid’ route that will bury the lines under Interstate 66, and that Amazon foot the bill, rather than Dominion’s customers.