PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Just off London Boulevard in Portsmouth on Thursday morning, drivers could see Dominion Energy working with a contracted company to renew nearly 60-year-old electrical infrastructure.
This week, WAVY News learned of the Virginia State Corporation Commission’s approval of the next phase of state power grid transformation. Many of these makeovers have taken place in Hampton Roads.
10 On Your Side took stock of one of the ongoing transformations.
The “Shea” circuit project in Portsmouth encompasses the main supply lines on Hartford Street, stretching from High Street to Mount Vernon Avenue, and south to Portland Street.
“It’s a big job, it’s just over three miles for us here,” explained program manager Stephen Dulin.
Dulin works for Dominion Energy as part of its resilience programs.
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He says that by working to replace utility poles, cross arms, wires and other aging equipment, the goal is to reduce power outages.
By renewing worn-out infrastructure, he says they will also be able to reduce the duration of an outage and also route power to other circuits while repairs are made to damaged lines.
“If that particular poll were to lose power in a storm, whatever is behind it would lose power,” Dulin said, pointing to the old pole. “So all the customers behind it would lose their power. Here what we do is we put in all the new poles, new infrastructure. And we make a circuit link. So if we lost that circuit, we could tie those customers to another circuit. »
There are three other projects in Hampton Roads: two in Virginia Beach and one in Chesapeake.
If you’re looking to get some work done in your neighborhood, it probably wouldn’t be that extensive. These neighborhoods were selected by the Dominion Reliability Team to have the worst performing circuits. Those who were the lowest ranked were given priority.
Even if your circuit hasn’t been reworked this time around, Dominion Energy wants you to know that if your power goes out, they’re on.
“After several stormy days, people are ready to re-energize and that’s understandable. No one likes losing their power for a while. I understand, I have children. I feel for them,” Dulin sympathized. “We have contractors ready to go and our team members are always ready to respond.”
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