TVA nears completion of second transmission line into Starkville, Miss.

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will complete the addition of a new 161-kV transmission line into the city of Starkville, Miss., in the early-morning hours of May 19, giving the community of 24,000 residents a second source of power.

“Right now, the city of Starkville is served by one feeder,” a TVA spokesperson told TransmissionHub May 16.

The second source of electrical power will decrease the likelihood of power outages and will also increase the amount of electricity available to serve the area and industrial customers including Paccar, Mississippi State University and the Starkville Electric Department, the spokesperson said.

“This second high-voltage line not only greatly improves reliability, it also offers a greater opportunity to attract and retain businesses in the area,” the spokesperson said.

However, in order to connect the new transmission line, the city of Starkville will be taken offline from approximately midnight to 5 a.m. Sunday morning. During that time, crews will tie in the new four-mile transmission line that will provide redundancy to the transmission system that serves Starkville, which is located about 125 miles northeast of Jackson, Miss.

Overall, the project includes 13 miles of 161-kV line and a new switching station. Nine miles of new 161-kV transmission line connect an existing substation operated by 4-County Electric Power Association to a new 161-kV switching station which TVA built in nearby Clayton Village, Miss. The final four miles of tranmission will connect the switching station to the substation in Starkville.

The line is the final element of a five-year project designed to increase electric reliability and boost economic development possibilities for the area.

The project will require one more outage before it is completely finished. TVA will also take the town offline on June 23 to complete the second and final portion of the work.