Transmission lines; restrictions on SCC for underground location thereof. (HB1649)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) with support from co-patron Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Underground location of transmission lines. Establishes a presumption that bars the State Corporation Commission from issuing a certificate allowing the installation of an overhead electrical transmission line of 150 kilovolts or more within 500 feet of any school building or residential dwelling or in any area where such an overhead transmission line would unduly impair scenic vistas that are essential to the economic vitality of the affected locality. The presumption may be rebutted by demonstrations that constructing the transmission line underground would not be technologically feasible and that a viable alternative route does not exist. If the Commission approves the underground installation of the line, the costs would be recoverable through the utility's rates. If the locality obligates itself to reimburse the utility for the incremental costs of undergrounding the transmission line, the Commission may approve the underground installation of the line even if it does not find that its overhead installation would impair scenic vistas. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


11/30/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 072155272
11/30/2006Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/11/2007Impact statement from SCC (HB1649)
01/26/2007Assigned C & L sub: Utilities/Employment (Byron)
02/06/2007Left in Commerce and Labor


Elizabeth Porzeinski writes:

This is an important bill that will protect many children. Thanks

Kristen Barnes writes:

This bill is absolutely essential to keep Dominion Power from running enormous, archaic, towers over our schools and neighborhoods!

Thank you Mr. Cole!

Corey Bonnell writes:

An absolute essential bill that will stop lowest cost construction without researching TOTAL LONG TERM impact to communities and environments.

Thank You Mr. Cole!

Jay Leathers writes:

Better late than never. This bill is greatly needed. IT should have been done 5 years ago !!! It will help many Virginians.