Virginia lawmakers advance transmission bill

Robert Walton. Utility Dive
January 26, 2017

  • Virginia’s House of Delegates has advanced a bill (H.B. 1766) that would ease the siting of transmission lines, a measure specifically aimed at helping Appalachian Power install local equipment. 
  • The measure would allow the “associated facilities” needed for development of 138-kV transmission lines to be constructed without local zoning oversight. Appalachian Power, the only utility with 138-kV lines in Virginia, requested the bill.
  • House Bill 1766 was approved easily in a vote that went across party lines, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported. A companion bill is currently being debated in the Senate, and has been referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor. Continue

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