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Lindley Estes is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Lindley Estes.

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Dominion proposing switching station in Spotsylvania

Dominion Virginia Power wants to build a new high-voltage switching station on a 25-acre parcel in Spotsylvania County near the Orange County line.

Dominion applied in Spotsylvania last month for a special-use permit for the $33 million facility, which would be near the intersection of two existing transmission lines south of Orange Plank Road and east of Gold Dale Lane. It’s proposed on land Dominion purchased last year.

The matter will come before the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors at some point. Dominion hopes to have the facility operational by May 2014.

Dominion says the new station is necessary because of significant increases in demand for electrical power in that area over the past decade, as well as projected future growth. The station would be about a mile to the nearest residence.