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VA Corporation Commission: Put Haymarket Data Center Underground and Amazon Pays

Today, Delegate Robert G. “Bob” Marshall (R-13), Senator Dick Black (R-13), Delegate John Bell (D-87) and Delegate Tim Hugo (R-40) issued the following statement:

“We strongly urge the State Corporation Commission to accept the logic and conclusions of their June 2, 2016, Staff Report that Amazon should pay to place power lines for their Haymarket Data Center underground to protect residents and the environment.”   

Virginia’s Corporation Commission Staff concluded (June 2) that Dominion’s proposed power line to Haymarket is for a single customer who should pay for the line extension, and that placing the 230 KV extension partially underground is the least environmentally impacting.

The SCC Staff Report noted:  “Staff does not believe the Company could justify the need for the project without the Customers request for service to the Haymarket Project.  The Staff views that the line extension may be viewed as an extension of electrical service to a new customer, and thus, may be subject to cost allocations …”  [Page 17 SCC Staff Report]

The SCC staff report noted [pages 17-21] that Amazon may have to pay the excess cost, estimated at $115 million, between constructing an overhead route down I-66 and placing the project underground as we and overwhelming numbers of the public requested.   

“If Amazon wants to build a data center six miles from an industrial zoned area, Amazon’s stockholders should pay, not Dominion Power’s customers.  Residents should not have their quality of life and investments in their homes taken from them by Amazon’s decision to build a data center far from an industrial area.”

An Independent consultant, Mid Atlantic Environmental, also noted: “We find that the I-66 Hybrid Alternative Route offers the least environmental impact to the project area."