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Appalachian Power has begun construction on a project to bolster the transmission grid in four Virginia counties. The Roanoke Area Switching Improvements Project is an estimated $30 million investment in the region with upgrades to at least 14 area substations and part of a $630 million investment in announced system upgrades of transmission infrastructure in southwestern Virginia.
Appalachian Power, along with Wheeling Power, today made a filing to complete the implementation of the Public Service Commission of West Virginia's May 26, 2015, rate case order. In that order, the Commission directed that there be a phase-in of the approved increase in residential rates.
APCo has announced its preferred route for the first phase of transmission improvements that will benefit electric reliability for customers in the Town of Abingdon, Va. and surrounding Washington County. Announced in September 2015, the proposal is an approximately $50 million project divided into two phases: the South Abingdon Extension and the Washington County Improvements.
Appalachian Power is securing more than 800 additional workers from outside the company's service area to assist, as a severe winter storm prepares to hit the service area.
Appalachian Power has installed a new floating boat barrier that is more visible and less prone to damage than the system it replaces. The barrier safely keeps unknowing boaters away from the intake side of the dam.
Customers of Appalachian Power in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee continue to be targets of scam artists. The latest scam instructs customers to make an immediate payment or have their service disconnected. Customers are ordered to purchase prepaid debit cards, such as a Vanilla or Green Dot, and call a toll-free number to provide the card information.
Exits 47A and 47B eastbound on Interstate 64 will be closed on Sunday, Jan. 10, starting at 8 a.m., to allow Appalachian Power crews to perform maintenance work at the intersection of Lakeview and Jain Drives.
Appalachian Power has issued pre-qualification documents for parties interested in bidding on an up-coming RFP for up to 150 MW of wind power. Pre-qualification forms must be returned by Jan. 29 and can be found at http://www.appalachianpower.com/go/rfp