Construction is expected to begin this year, and be completed in 2019, on the Clendenin-Walton Area Improvements Project in West Virginia that will be built and owned by Transource, according to the project’s website.
The project includes construction of about 25 miles of new 138-kV transmission line, three new substations, and making additional upgrades to other transmission facilities in the area. The website further noted that the proposed work will provide the region with a robust transmission grid capable of handling the area’s increase in demand, while ensuring continued reliable service to local customers in Kanawha and Roane counties.
PJM Interconnection identified the need for the project in its 2014 Regional Transmission Expansion Plan, and in 2015, awarded the project to Transource, which is a partnership between American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) and Great Plains Energy, according to the website. The Public Service Commission of West Virginia last June granted Transource approval to build the project.
Appalachian Power and FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE) will build additional facilities to incorporate with the grid upgrades, the website added.
According to a project fact sheet, the proposed Transource substation near Charleston will be on the east side of the city, just south of Rutledge Road. A transmission line will exit the substation and run east for about two miles past the city limits and connect with an existing transmission line in Kanawha County, the fact sheet said.
The remaining 23 miles of new transmission line will originate from the existing Thorofare Creek substation, just east of Clendenin, the fact sheet said, adding that the proposed route will track north across Interstate 79 to a new Appalachian Power substation in Walton.
From there, the line travels east, past Looneyville and Tariff, and will end at a proposed substation location about three miles east of the Roane-Calhoun county line, according to the fact sheet.