5-mile Richlands-Whitewood 138 kilovolt kV transmission line, a one-acre Whitewood switchyard, and associated improvements to the Richlands substation.In the proposed plan, over 95 percent of new transmission line construction will take place in existing right of way.
¬ďUsing the existing right of way for the construction of the new facilities will result in only minor and temporary impact to existing property and the environment,¬Ē said Scott Markwell, project manager. ¬ďThe project is a cost-effective solution that allows us to respond to the projected transmission planning criteria while providing reliable electrical service to this area.¬Ē
The project is needed to address a potentially overloaded circuit projected to occur in 2017 as identified in a study conducted by PJM, Appalachian¬ís regional transmission organization. It will also improve reliability and reinforce the area¬ís electric infrastructure for future growth.
The proposed in-service date of the project is June 2017. The project will cost approximately $25 million. Today¬ís filing covers only part of $50 million in planned improvements to Appalachian¬ís transmission system in Tazewell and Buchanan Counties announced in February 2014.
Additional information about the project, including maps, photos, and the company¬ís SCC filing, is available at www.AppalachianPower.com/tazewell. Public participation opportunities will continue during the Virginia SCC review process.
Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee as AEP Appalachian Power. It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, which delivers electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states.