- Associated Press - Monday, December 21, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Maryland-based energy consulting firm says Dominion Virginia Power’s argument for building a transmission line is based on flawed electricity demand projections.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1JnnPpR ) reports Dominion Virginia Power plans to build the seven-mile transmission line from Surry nuclear power plant across the James River to prevent 50 to 80 days of rolling blackouts.

A Princeton Energy Resources International report sponsored by the National Parks Conservation Association says Dominion Virginia Power overstated the demand in the area and projected growth that hasn’t materialized. The report found that annual demand projections of 1.9 percent a year were almost twice as high as real growth from 2002 to 2011.

Dominion Virginia Power spokeswoman Daisy Pridgen says the forecasts aren’t flawed and that the information was verified by expert consultants.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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