American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) Appalachian Power on March 30 said that it and its affiliate, West Virginia Transmission Company, will host an open house on April 12 in Charleston, W.Va., to provide details about the Boone-South Charleston Improvements Project.
The project is the second phase of Appalachian Power’s previously announced Boone County Area Improvements Project, a combined investment of more than $100m in West Virginia’s transmission system, the company said.
The Boone-South Charleston project is a $40m investment that includes upgrading 18 miles of 46-kV transmission line to 69-kV standards, relocating a substation, and making upgrades to additional transmission facilities, the company said. The work will address southern West Virginia’s need for increasing electricity demand by replacing aging infrastructure with robust and modern technology, the company said.
According to a fact sheet on the Boone-South Charleston project, continued growth has pushed the region’s transmission grid to capacity. The existing Boone-Turner 46-kV transmission line was originally built nearly 100 years ago and can no longer handle the current power demand, the fact sheet said.
The proposed line to be rebuilt begins at the Boone substation south of the community of Ashford, and runs northwest through Boone County, crossing over Route 119 into Alum Creek. The line then heads northeast through Little Creek Park, before ending at the Wards Hollow substation in the WV Regional Technology Park, the fact sheet added.
Construction is to begin in 2018 and the project is scheduled to be completed in 2020, according to the fact sheet.