Kentucky Power and Kentucky Transmission Co., which are affiliates of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP), are looking to file for approval of the proposed Stanville Area Improvements project with the Kentucky Siting Board this summer, an AEP Transmission project outreach specialist told TransmissionHub on Jan. 11.
According to the project’s website, the company’s aging Betsy Lane substation was built in 1950, and must be replaced to ensure reliable service to the customers in Floyd and Pike counties in Kentucky. The project includes building the 138-kV Stanville substation and less than a mile of 138-kV transmission line, the website said. When the project is complete, the company said that it would retire and remove the Betsy Lane substation.
Once approval is received for the project, construction is expected to begin in early 2018, and be completed by the end of the year. The website further noted that the estimated budget for the project is $30m.
According to a project fact sheet, during extreme winter weather, the Betsy Lane substation is pushed to maximum capacity, and the substation can no longer handle the increase in power needed to provide customers with continued reliable electric service.
The new Stanville substation would be positioned between East Main Street and Bobcat Boulevard in the community of Stanville. The fact sheet further noted that the four new transmission wires that connect to the substation would enter through the east side of the property, with three wires crossing over Levisa Fork and US Highway 23 from the south, and the fourth wire crossing through a wooded area from the north.