City Spotlight – Nags Head, North Carolina

Through the late spring and summer months, Inside Lines’ “City Spotlight” takes a trip to some popular beach towns in the PJM footprint.

Nags Head, N.C., part of Dare County, is connected to the high-voltage grid through Dominion Energy North Carolina, which was integrated into PJM’s operations in 2005.

Permanent population of Nags Head, N.C.: 2,916*
Total Dominion customers in Dare County, N.C.: 31,621**
Total Dominion customers in North Carolina: 121,158**
Total Dominion Energy North Carolina megawatt-hours used:

Fun facts:

  • Today Nags Head is one of the most populated beach towns along the Outer Banks. In 1970, however, the town’s year-round population was just 414.
  • The town’s population swells up to 50,000 over the summer months, welcoming beach vacationers.
  • Jockey’s Ridge State Park, one of Nags Head’s most visited attractions, features the tallest active sand dune system in the Eastern United States.
  • Hurricane Isabel devastated Nags Head in 2003 and destroyed the historic Jennette’s Pier. It was subsequently rebuilt, and at 1,000 feet long, it is one of the longest piers in North Carolina.

Fun fact sources:

*2016 U.S. Census Bureau population estimate
**Dominion Energy
***2016 Energy Information Administration data