The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a vitally important infrastructure project that will ensure the economic vitality, environmental health and energy security of the Mid-Atlantic region.
Our region's public utilities need additional supplies of natural gas to meet the growing energy needs of the millions of customers they serve in Virginia and North Carolina. Electric utilities are transitioning to cleaner-burning natural gas to lower emissions and improve air quality. Gas utilities need additional supplies in order to provide home heating to a growing population and supply energy for new industries.
Yet the region's existing natural gas infrastructure is fully tapped and unable to support major new economic development and other growing energy needs. That is why a group of regional energy companies are proposing to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will be an energy provider, job creator and economic game changer for West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. This underground natural gas transmission pipeline will transport domestically-produced, clean-burning natural gas from West Virginia to communities in Virginia and North Carolina that lack the infrastructure needed to generate cleaner electricity, heat homes and power new industries. Along the way, the pipeline will help the region lower emissions, improve air quality, grow local economies and create thousands of new jobs in manufacturing and other industries.
$377 million a year in energy cost savings
$28 million a year in new local tax revenue
17,240 new jobs in the construction industry
2,200 new jobs in manufacturing and other new industries
The 600-mile underground Atlantic Coast Pipeline will originate in Harrison County, WV, travel to Greensville County, VA, with a lateral extending to Chesapeake, VA, and then continue south into eastern North Carolina, ending in Robeson County. Two additional, shorter laterals will connect to two Dominion Energy electric generating facilities in Brunswick and Greensville Counties.
The proposed route was developed after more than two years of extensive study and meaningful engagement with landowners and communities - all with the goal of finding the best route with the least possible impact on landowners and the environment. More than 6,000 miles of potential routes were carefully studied before choosing the best 600-mile route with the least impact. After consulting with landowners and performing extensive field surveys, more than 300 additional route adjustments were made to avoid environmentally sensitive areas and address individual landowner concerns. This thorough and exhaustive process significantly reduced the environmental impacts of the project and minimized its impact on individual landowners.
In addition, three compressor stations have been planned as part of this project: one at the beginning of the pipeline in West Virginia (Lewis County), one in central Virginia (Buckingham County) and one near the Virginia-North Carolina state line (Northampton County, NC).
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will transport American energy to millions of American consumers in Virginia and North Carolina. The ACP's customers are five of the largest public utilities in the region - Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, Virginia Natural Gas and Public Service Company of North Carolina. Together, these public utilities provide home heating, electricity and industrial power to millions of homes, businesses, schools and hospitals across Virginia and North Carolina. The natural gas transported through the ACP will be used by these public utilities to generate cleaner electricity, heat homes and power local businesses. Many of the areas that will be served by the ACP are currently experiencing shortages of energy and infrastructure - many businesses have experienced service disruptions, while other businesses have been turned away because the region's energy infrastructure is too constrained. The ACP will provide the infrastructure and the new, low-cost supplies of natural gas public utilities need to meet the growing energy demands of the millions of customers they serve.
The ACP is being developed by four leading U.S. energy companies: Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and Southern Company Gas. Combined, these companies have centuries of experience providing reliable electric and natural gas service to millions of customers in the Southeast U.S. and are now coming together to bring clean, affordable and domestic natural gas to millions of homes, businesses, manufacturers and power generators in Virginia and North Carolina. As the leading percentage owner of the project, Dominion Energy will be responsible for constructing and operating the pipeline.