Virginia SCC grants motion by APCo in relation to proposed substation expansion project

The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC), in a Nov. 3 order, granted a motion by Appalachian Power Company (APCo) in relation to the company’s proposed Cloverdale Substation Expansion Project.

As noted in the order, APCo and its affiliate, AEP Appalachian Transmission Company, in May 2013 jointly filed with the SCC an application for approval and certification of electric transmission facilities in or around the existing Cloverdale substation located in Botetourt County.

In January 2014, the SCC issued an order, granting the application and approving certificates of public convenience and necessity for construction of the project by APCo, subject to certain requirements. That order stated that the construction must be completed and in service by Dec. 31, 2016, provided, however, that APCo is granted leave to apply for an extension for good cause shown.

The SCC added that APCo on Sept. 30 filed with the SCC a motion for extension of date for completion of construction, by which the company requested an extension of the Dec. 31, 2016, date until Dec. 31, 2017.

APCo stated that it has requested outages from PJM Interconnection, but that the company has been informed that it cannot proceed with all of the outages necessary to complete construction of the project by Dec. 31, 2016, the SCC said.

APCo estimated that about 90% of the project will have been built and in service by Dec. 31, 2016, the SCC said.

The SCC said that the Dec. 31, 2016 completion date in its 2014 order is extended until Dec. 31, 2017, provided, however that APCo is granted leave to apply for extension of that date for good cause shown.

APCo is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP).

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