"It's a great honor, it really is. To know that you're putting something there that's not only going to benefit workers and jobs today, that it's going to create jobs for the future."
- Will Evans, President of Operations, ACE Pipeline
Every minute in America, a new customer signs up for natural gas service. However, the natural gas pipelines serving the lower Mid-Atlantic region are fully tapped and unable to keep up with residential and business demand. The need for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is real and the need is now.
We have the natural gas, too—what we lack is the infrastructure necessary to get this resource where it’s most urgently needed. And as we continue to move away from coal and toward more renewable energy, we need the reliability of natural gas more than ever. The ACP is a critical infrastructure project that will strengthen the economic vitality, environmental health and energy security of our region.
Meeting Critical Demand
Public utilities in Virginia and North Carolina need new, lower-cost supplies of natural gas to generate cleaner electricity, heat the homes of a growing population and power new industry. The ACP will meet this need.
Virginia and North Carolina’s interstate natural gas pipelines are so severely congested that they cannot meet the demands of today, let alone the future. Military installations and manufacturing facilities are having their service shut off on the coldest winter days and new industries are being turned away because there is no guaranteed gas supply. More than a dozen military bases and hundreds of manufacturers in Hampton Roads and eastern North Carolina depend on natural gas for their day-to-day operation, but only one interstate pipeline serves all of these facilities and it’s at full capacity.
Crossroads for the Environment
Dominion Energy and Duke Energy are rapidly expanding renewables across Virginia and North Carolina, building and investing in solar and offshore wind projects. But renewables need the support of natural gas to provide reliable energy around the clock. The region has already made huge progress over the past decade in reducing reliance on coal, and the ACP will help accelerate that reduction by meeting demand in an environmentally responsible way.
Sustaining Economic Growth
The ACP will be a job creator and economic game changer for West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina, providing incomes for thousands of local union workers, including equipment operators, welders and inspectors. The project is also purchasing billions of dollars in goods and services from local businesses, including construction firms, equipment dealers, and fuel suppliers.
The 600-mile underground Atlantic Coast Pipeline will originate in Harrison County, West Virginia, travel through Virginia with a lateral extending to Chesapeake, Va., and then continue south into eastern North Carolina, ending in Robeson County. It is being built with the highest environmental standards and under the most regulatory scrutiny of any infrastructure project in the region’s history.
We developed the proposed route after more than three 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. Following discussions with federal and state agencies, as well as individual landowners, we adjusted the route hundreds of times to avoid sensitive ecosystems, impacts to national forests, and areas of historical and cultural significance.
With state-of-the-art safety standards and innovative technologies, this pipeline is truly the infrastructure of the future. We know it will play an important role in the environmental and economic security of our region for decades to come.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will transport domestic energy to millions of consumers in Virginia and North Carolina. Six of the largest public utilities in the region are ACP customers waiting for additional supply: Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, Virginia Natural Gas, Dominion Energy North Carolina and Columbia Gas. 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 ACP is being developed by two leading U.S. energy companies, both with a strong commitment to sustainability and clean energy: Dominion Energy and Duke Energy. Combined, these companies have centuries of experience providing reliable electric and natural gas service to millions of customers in the region. As the leading percentage owner of the project, Dominion Energy will be responsible for constructing and safely operating the pipeline.