Virginia SCC grants APCo’s request to extend date for completion of 138-kV project

The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC), in a March 31 order, granted Appalachian Power Company’s (APCo) motion, in which the company asked that the SCC extend by six months the date for completion of construction of the South Lynchburg Area Improvements 138-kV Transmission Line Project.

As noted in the order, APCo in November 2013 filed with the SCC an application for approval and certification of the project in Campbell County and the City of Lynchburg.

According to TransmissionHub data, the project, which is a planned transmission enhancement in the Lynchburg, Va., region, will consist of a new Lynbrook substation as well as a new nine-mile, 138-kV line to the existing South Lynchburg substation. The project is being proposed to ensure adequate and reliable electrical service in the area, as well as to accommodate potential growth.

In its order, the SCC noted that it issued an order in June 2014 that granted the application and approved a certificate of public convenience and necessity for construction of the project by APCo, subject to certain requirements.

The June 2014 order noted that the project must be built and in service by June 30, 2017, with the company granted leave to apply for an extension for good cause shown.

APCo on March 21 filed a motion with the SCC requesting an extension of the June 30, 2017, date until Dec. 31, the SCC added.

According to the company, while APCo has completed many pre-construction activities, it has experienced longer design and engineering time with the project than expected, and the six-month extension will allow APCo sufficient time to complete the project, as well as to place it in service.

The SCC added that the June 30 completion date is extended until Dec. 31, provided, however, that APCo is granted leave to apply for extension of that date for good cause shown.

Appalachian Power is a utility subsidiary of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP).

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