TVA identifies preferred route for future power line in Mississippi

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has identified a preferred right of way route for a future power line in Mississippi that would meet growing demand in the Grenada and Resolute areas and improve power quality in the Oxford area.

TVA is expected to begin surveys in fall 2016 and start acquiring easements in fall 2018, the federal utility said in a July 5 news release.

TVA has said that it wants to make upgrades to its transmission system that would resolve voltage and thermal loading issues in the Oxford area as well as TVA supporting new load growth in the Grenada and Resolute areas of Mississippi.

TVA plans to purchase new and use existing right of way to construct a power line from Oxford-to-Coffeeville. The first 11-mile portion from Oxford to Water Valley would use existing right of way, TVA said, adding that it would buy easements for about six miles of new right of way around the City of Water Valley.

TVA also would purchase approximately 10 miles of new right of way easements beginning south of Water Valley near County Road 98 to the Coffeeville 161-kV Switching Station.

The rights of way would range from 75-to-100-feet-wide, according to a TVA transmission webpage.

A TVA spokesperson said, when contacted by phone on July 6, there is not yet an official cost estimate for the project.

The selected route is expected to have the least impact on the area, based on public input from the public open house held in March 2016, and additional evaluation of other factors, including social, environmental, and engineering impacts. A National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review is also pending.

TVA will meet with property owners along the proposed right-of-way to obtain easements for construction, operation and maintenance of a future line. Property owners would still own the property and be compensated for the easements at fair market value.

A map of the project and additional information are available on the TVA website at www.tva.com/transmissionprojects.

On its transmission webpage, TVA lists nine active transmission projects that it is currently pursuing in Mississippi.

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