9/14/2017
Appalachian Power introducing plans for Lynchburg transmission upgrades at upcoming open house


 

 

ROANOKE, Va., Sept. 14, 2017 – Appalachian Power plans to improve electric reliability to customers by upgrading its existing transmission system in Lynchburg.

The Dearington - Rivermont Transmission Project is a $20 million investment that will replace aging infrastructure with modern and robust equipment capable of handling continued economic growth in the area. The work will also reduce the likelihood of outages to customers and decrease restoration times when outages do occur.

Preliminary project route options include rebuilding about 6 miles of existing 69-kilovolt transmission line from the Dearington Substation near the intersection of Morgan and Third Streets, to the Reusens Substation off Old Trents Ferry Road. Another proposed route includes building about a mile of new transmission line just east of the Centra Hospital to a connection point to the existing transmission line near Hollins Mill Road.

“As Lynchburg and the surrounding areas continue to grow, we have a responsibility to provide our customers with reliable electric service,” said Larry Jackson, director of external affairs for Appalachian Power. “The upgrades associated with this project will strengthen our transmission infrastructure while successfully managing the increase in power demand needed in the region.”

“Our process for developing all our transmission projects includes providing as much information as possible to customers and property owners who might be affected and to receive and consider their input before work begins,” Jackson said.

Appalachian Power will host an open house to provide the community and affected landowners with details of the preliminary study segments. The open house is scheduled for 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 28, at Dearington Elementary School, 210 Smyth Street, Lynchburg. Visitors may come at any time during the open house to learn project details, view maps of the proposed routes or and speak with project team members.

“The open house allows us an opportunity to speak directly with the landowners about the project and how this will affect them,” Jackson said. “We want them to know that we are here to share information and listen to their concerns as we work to build the route that minimizes impacts on the environment and community.”

Following the open house, project team members will utilize information gathered to determine a final proposed route. Appalachian Power plans to have all state and local approvals by spring 2018. Construction is expected to start later that spring and happen in several phases over a two-year span. Once complete, the project will generate estimated annual tax revenue of about $160,000 to Lynchburg.

Additional information about the project including maps, a timeline and updates can be found at www.appalachianpower.com/dearington.

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, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combines. AEP also operates 224,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 26,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP supplies 3,200 megawatts of renewable energy to customers.

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John Shepelwich
(540) 985-2968
jeshepelwich@aep.com

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