TVA seeks comments on proposed Miss. transmission project

The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking the public for input about upgrades to its transmission system that would improve power reliability and provide power for growing load for Bluefield and surrounding areas.

TVA is proposing to build about 7 miles of transmission line from its Starkville-Sturgis 161-kilovolt transmission line to 4-County Electric Power Association’s new Bluefield substation southwest of Starkville.

The line would be built on steel pole structures on a 100-foot right of way. Several alternate line routes are under consideration.

Public input is encouraged, beginning with an open house from 3-7 p.m. CDT on Thursday, June 11, 2015, at the TVA Customer Service Center Auditorium; Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park; 310 Research Boulevard; Starkville, Mississippi.

Detailed maps showing the different locations being considered for the proposed transmission line will be available. TVA staff will answer questions, discuss concerns and receive comments. More information is available at

To submit comments, contact TVA’s Chris Austin toll free at 800-362-4355, by email at or by mail to: Chris Austin, Tennessee Valley Authority, 1101 Market St., MR 4G, Chattanooga, TN, 37402-2801. The deadline for comments is July 13, 2015.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nine million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.