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Dominion Energy rebuilding high voltage transmission line

The transmission line passing over farmland in southwestern Rockingham County.
Randi B. Hagi
The transmission line passing over farmland in southwestern Rockingham County.

Dominion Energy is in the midst of rebuilding the transmission line that runs through Rockingham and Augusta counties. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports

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As the StarCraft video game told us a few years back, Dominion "must construct additional pylons." This high voltage transmission line carries electricity from a power plant in West Virginia – the biggest coal-fueled plant in their grid – to a substation in Augusta County, Virginia. Dominion is in the process of replacing the giant metal structures that hold up the power lines. The original structures date back to 1965.

An informational video on their website explains:

ANNOUNCER: The 64-mile line connects our Mt. Storm power station and Valley substation by crossing some of the most extreme mountainous terrain found on our system, including the George Washington National Forest. The line plays an integral role in our 500-kilovolt loop which serves as the backbone to our entire electric grid in Virginia.

Construction began in West Virginia and Augusta County last year. Phase three, which focuses on western Rockingham County, began in January and is scheduled to be completed in 2023. Several forest roads and trails in the George Washington National Forest are currently closed during the construction.

Randi B. Hagi first joined the WMRA team in 2019 as a freelance reporter. Her writing and photography have been featured in The Harrisonburg Citizen, where she previously served as the assistant editor; as well as The Mennonite; Mennonite World Review; and Eastern Mennonite University's Crossroads magazine.