What happened to the underwater option?

The recent meeting hosted by the Army Corps of Engineers on the Surry-Skiffe's Creek Dominion Power transmission project, held at Lafayette High School, failed to explore submarine cable alternatives to the 17-towers project proposed to crossing the James River. Little has been said about underwater transmission lines, except that we are told the expense is excessive.

The arguments against submarine transmission lines ignore a multiplicity of such enterprises in the U.S. and other places across the globe. Examples include the Western Link 2,200 Megawatt High Voltage Direct Current line connecting the west coast of Scotland to Connah's Quay in North Wales, a 385 kilometers-long...