Appalachian Power announced planned improvements to West Virginia transmission grid

Published on April 14, 2017 by Daily Energy Insider Reports

Appalachian Power plans to invest $25 million to improve its transmission grid that serves the Huntington, West Virginia area.

The Huntington Area Improvements Project includes building approximately three miles of single circuit 138-kilovolt (kV) transmission line and upgrading existing substations in order to improve reliability.

“Appalachian Power’s priority is providing customers with reliable and affordable electric service,” Phil Moye, corporate communications manager for Appalachian Power, said. “Adding this new line allows us to proactively put our transmission system in the best position to handle potential power outages.”

The company’s preliminary study segments begin at its existing substation in Huntington. Potential routes then run east prior to crossing over Route 60 and connecting with another substation in Guyandotte.

The company, along with its affiliate West Virginia Transmission Company, plans to hold an open house on April 25 in order to share details about the plan and preliminary study segments.

“We have a good set of preliminary study segments for this project,” Moye said. “The open house provides us an opportunity to vet what we have with customers directly and gather valuable information that helps in determining the best route.”

Construction is projected to begin in 2018 and be completed by summer 2019. The project will bring an estimated annual tax revenue of $450,000 into Huntington.