Dominion Energy Buries 2,000 Miles of Power Lines Ahead of Hurricane Season

June 3, 2024 by Dan McCue
Dominion Energy Buries 2,000 Miles of Power Lines Ahead of Hurricane Season
A Dominion Energy Virginia worker burying a previously-overhead power line. (Dominion Energy photo)

RICHMOND, Va. — Dominion Energy completed burying 2,000 miles of power lines in the state of Virginia last week, successfully fulfilling its goal of accomplishing the feat ahead of hurricane season.

The project is part of the utility’s ongoing strategic underground program, which is intended to reduce outages in areas that are prone to them due to severe storms.

“We launched this program a decade ago after finding that a significant number of storm-related power outages were occurring in a relatively small number of areas,” said Ed Baine, president of Dominion Energy Virginia. 

“By burying the lines in these outage-prone areas, we’re not only reducing the number of outages, but we’re also shortening how long it takes to get the power back on,” Baine said.

Launched in 2014, Dominion, which serves customers in 13 states, says it plans on burying several thousand additional miles of overhead lines in the coming years.

But the strategic underground program is only one initiative the utility has undertaken to make the grid more resilient.

Another effort is Dominion’s Mainfeeder Hardening program, through which it is replacing older poles with taller, stronger ones that are rooted deeper in the ground and placed closer together. 

The new poles are engineered and built with fiberglass cross-arms, which help prevent fallen trees or limbs from bringing down the entire pole.

 Since 2019, the company has hardened over 265 miles of power lines, with the ultimate goal of hardening 1,000 miles by 2030.

The Atlantic hurricane season began on Saturday, June 1 and runs through Nov. 30. 

In the run-up to what is expected to be an active hurricane season, Dominion Energy has been reminding customers to:

  • Stay away from downed power lines. 
  • Charge your devices before the storm. 
  • Fully charge your phone, computer and other electronic devices before a storm arrives. Consider purchasing portable batteries to extend the life of your devices.
  • Properly connect your generator. 
  • If you have a generator, make sure it is fueled, tested, and properly connected before the storm arrives, and always operate it outdoors with good ventilation, and
  • Prepare food, water and emergency supplies.

For more hurricane preparedness tips, click here.

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