5/1/2019
Proposed route announced for power line serving southern Virginia economic development project


ROANOKE, Va., May 1, 2019 – Appalachian Power has announced its proposed transmission line route for the Berry Hill Energy Connection Project in Pittsylvania County. The route was determined with input from area property owners at a community open house in January 2019.

“The open house was a pivotal part in determining a route that minimizes impacts to the community,” said Amanda Cox, external affairs manager for Appalachian Power. “Ultimately providing power to Berry Hill is key to Appalachian Power’s continuing support of economic development efforts bringing jobs to our service area.”

The project involves building approximately 5 miles of 138-kilovolt (kV) transmission line and a new substation in the Southern Virginia Mega Site at Berry Hill.

The proposed power line route travels northwest from the industrial park across Oak Hill and Cascade Roads before connecting with an existing Appalachian Power transmission line west of Meadowlark Road.

Appalachian Power and the Pittsylvania – Danville Regional Industrial Facility Authority collaborated on this project to provide a robust power source for the industrial park, a 3,500-acre premier location for prospective large-scale automotive, electronics and aerospace manufacturing companies.

“Getting power to Berry Hill is important to helping our region’s economic growth opportunities and supporting our company’s energy supply plans in this area for the future,” Cox added.

Appalachian will seek approval for the proposed route from the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors during a public hearing. Following approval, right-of-way representatives plan to communicate with directly-involved landowners to discuss preliminary field work and negotiate property easements.

Construction of the new line and substation will start once the Authority secures a tenant at the industrial park.

For more information and a detailed map of the proposed power line route visit the project website at www.AppalachianPower.com/BerryHill

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 companies in the United States. AEP is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to customers. AEP’s more than 18,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,340 megawatts of renewable energy.

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John Shepelwich
jeshepelwich@aep.com

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