Dominion Virginia Power Proposed Transmission Line Project

Dominion Virginia Power has approached the City of Alexandria regarding Dominion's proposal to construct a new 230-kilovolt underground transmission line between Alexandria and Arlington in the vicinity of Jefferson Davis Highway and Potomac Yard.

Page updated on Sep 4, 2016 at 12:46 PM


The project would add and upgrade equipment at the existing switching station on E. Abingdon Drive in Alexandria, and connect it to the Glebe Substation on S. Glebe Road in Arlington. The project does not involve the nearby former NRG Potomac River Generating Station, which is permanently closed.

On September 11, the Underground Transmission Line and Substation Working Group held its first meeting to examine the effects of a proposal by Dominion Virginia Power to construct a new 230-kilovolt, underground transmission line between Alexandria and Arlington County.  The Working Group discussed its mission and received a presentation from Dominion Virginia Power on the need for the project.  Dominion Virginia Power considered six electrical alternatives as part of its proposed project.  Dominion's preferred alternative involves building a new transmission line between Dominion's Glebe Substation located in Arlington County, and Pepco's Station C Substation at the NRG site where the power plant was recently shut down.  Dominion Virginia Power identified nine preliminary alignments for the new transmission line connecting these two substations. Dominion indicated that they intend to file with the State Corporation Commission by the end of November for the project.  

What's New:

The Working Group will provide:

  1. Quality of life, economic, electric reliability, and environmental and transportation impacts associated with the proposed project and will make recommendations to staff, the City Manager, and City Council;
  2. Will be composed of a wide range of representatives from civic organizations in the communities possibly affected by the project, and representatives from several boards, commissions, and the business community

The 11-member body was approved by City Council on June 21, 2014; and members were appointed by the City Manager, September 3, 2014. 

Working Group Members:

  • Jason Nestlerode, Chair 
    Del Ray Citizens Association
  • Elizabeth Chimento
    North Old Town Independent Citizens' Civic Association
  • Nathalie Simon
    Arlandria Civic Association
  • Ben Sylla
    Lynhaven Civic Association
  • Rick Cooper
    Northeast Civic Association
  • Elias Papasavvas         
    Potomac Yard Area
  • Kyle Winslow        
    Environmental Policy Commission
  • Catherine Glocker Poulin
    Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Activities Commission
  • Nancy J. Appleby
    Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
  • Judy Noritake
    Four Mile Run Joint Task Force 

Working Group Meeting Schedule & Materials: 


Dominion Website: 

Background Information: 

News Releases:  


For additional information about the City's actions related to this issue, please contact:

Lisa Jaatinen, P.E.
Acting Division Chief
Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES), Infrastructure & ROW Division

William Skrabak
Deputy Director
Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES), Infrastructure & Environmental Quality (I&EQ)

For information on the Glebe-Potomac River project, contact Dominion Virginia Power or visit the Dominion Virginia Power 230KV Line Project website.