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  • 3/13/2015
    Appalachian Power has filed an application with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) requesting approval for improvements to existing electric transmission facilities in Tazewell County. The proposed Tazewell-Bearwallow 138 kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project will upgrade approximately 12.5 miles of 69 kilovolt (kV) transmission line to 138 kV standards and complete necessary upgrades to three existing substations along the planned route. The project is needed to improve electric reliability and reinforce the area's infrastructure for future load growth as well as address aging infrastructure as approved by PJM.
  • 3/13/2015
    Appalachian Power has completed repairs to a floating boat barrier that flipped underwater near the Smith Mountain Lake Dam in Virginia last month. The barrier's top section was knocked over by a combination of ice buildup, snow and wind and was discovered Feb. 22.
  • 3/12/2015
    Appalachian Power will close the public downstream fishing area at the Winfield Hydroelectric Project in Kanawha County beginning mid-March. Appalachian has scheduled closing public access to the tailrace fishing area from March 16 until June 2 to allow safe maintenance work on the abutment.
  • 3/10/2015
    Appalachian Power will host an open house this month to seek valuable public input about the planned improvements to the electric transmission grid in southwest Virginia.The Bland Area Improvements Project was originally announced by Appalachian in January. The open house is scheduled for Thursday, March 26, from 5 - 8 p.m. at Bland County Elementary School.
  • 3/8/2015
    As of Sunday afternoon, nearly 95 percent of Appalachian Power customers who lost electric service due to storm damage have had service restored. In all but a few isolated instances, where damage or needed repairs may be extensive, customers who are still without power should have service restored by late tonight.
  • 3/7/2015
    More than 80 percent of Appalachian Power customers who lost electric service due to storm damage earlier this week in West Virginia have had their power restored. Although crews have made tremendous progress, there are still close to 500 locations at which repairs need made before all service is restored.
  • 3/7/2015
    More than 1,300 workers, including damage assessors, line workers and tree contractors are currently working to get power restored to the thousands who remain without service. Additional workers from Kentucky and Ohio join today's effort.
  • 3/6/2015
    More than 1,200 workers, including damage assessors, line workers and tree contractors are working to get power restored. As of Friday night, about 22,000 customers in the company's West Virginia service area remain without power.
  • 3/6/2015
    Nearly 31,000 customers in Appalachian Power's West Virginia service area remain without electric service.
  • 3/5/2015
    All Appalachian Power line workers and contractors in areas affected by the storm are involved in service restoration. Employees from parts of the company unaffected by the storm are among the nearly 250 additional workers from Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana who are assisting in the restoration effort.
  • 3/3/2015
    Appalachian Power is introducing a new outage alerts system that will allow customers the option to be notified by text message or email when their home or business is affected by a power outage.
  • 3/2/2015
    Appalachian Power, along with Wheeling Power, today submitted its annual Expanded Net Energy Cost (ENEC) filing to the W.Va. Public Service Commission (PSC) for reimbursement of past and ongoing costs of fuel (primarily coal) and purchased power.
  • 2/26/2015
    Appalachian Power residential customers in Virginia will see a decrease of about 4 percent in their total electric bills beginning this month. The decrease is the result of the reduction or expiration of three Rate Adjustment Clauses - or RACs. These changes will result in a Virginia residential customer paying about $114.92 for 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a month. That is a reduction from more than $119 at the beginning of 2015.
  • 2/25/2015
    Appalachian Power customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee set an unofficial all-time peak demand of 8,697 megawatts (MW) at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20.
  • 2/22/2015
    Appalachian Power is warning boaters on Smith Mountain Lake to be aware of possible hazardous conditions near the dam where part of a boat barrier has flipped over into the water. The barrier may be hard to see from the surface in places, especially at night.
  • 2/17/2015
    Appalachian Power is encouraging its customers to prepare for colder temperatures and extreme wind chills expected this week across much of Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee. Meanwhile, the company is monitoring its distribution system closely to ensure reliability in advance of the expected increased demand for electricity.
  • 2/16/2015
    As weather turned bitterly cold, windy and snowy on Valentine's Day power outages mounted, leaving more than 12,000 customers without electric service across Appalachian Power's service area. Today many parts of the company's service area are experiencing significant snow accumulation, but the snow is dry and fluffy and is not expected to cause widespread outages.
  • 1/23/2015
    Appalachian Power is beginning construction on the portion of its Kanawha Valley Area Transmission Reinforcement Project that passes through the Kanawha State Forest. The 138 kilovolt (kV) lines being replaced within the Kanawha State Forest boundaries consist of 49 structures along 11 miles of right-of-way. Once the existing facilities are removed and construction is complete, the line will occupy only 5.5 miles of right-of-way on 21 structures.
  • 1/22/2015
    Appalachian Power will start crediting a refund on the bills of its eligible Virginia customers beginning Jan. 25 and will continue monthly through July 2015. The refund is a result of the company's biennial rate filing and the final order from the Virginia SCC issued late last year.The average monthly credit for a residential customer using 1,000 kWh of electricity per month is $1.11, but individual credits will vary.
  • 1/21/2015
    Appalachian Power will open its Smith Mountain Project Shoreline Management customer service facility at a new Moneta, Va. location effective Jan. 27. An Appalachian representative will be available every Tuesday and Friday from 1:00 until 4:30 p.m. at the Smith Mountain Lake Association (SMLA) office.
  • 1/13/2015
    Appalachian Power has announced plans to rebuild the existing South Bluefield-Wythe 69 kilovolt (kV) transmission line and add additional improvements to strengthen the transmission infrastructure in Southwest Virginia. Most of the work will be done in Bland and Wythe Counties, Va.; about one mile of work will be completed in Mercer County, W.Va.
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