Open houses will be held this month to solicit feedback on preliminary study segments involving Transource Energy’s proposed Independence Energy Connection (IEC), which is a $320m, overhead electric transmission project in Pennsylvania and Maryland, the company said on June 1.
The open houses are scheduled for June 7 in Pylesville, Md; June 8 in Brogue, Pa.; June 12 in Smithsburg, Md.; June 13 in Chambersburg, Pa.; June 14 in Waynesboro, Pa.; and June 15 in Chambersburg, Pa., the company added in its statement.
PJM Interconnection identified concerns with the delivery of electricity into the region and reviewed solution proposals from competitive transmission companies, the company said.
Transource said that PJM selected its solution to address the market efficiency issues and awarded construction of the project to the company last August.
According to the project’s webpage, the project will alleviate the current transmission line congestion and reinforce the electric grid so that additional electricity from Pennsylvania and surrounding states can be transmitted to consumers throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
The project will connect to two existing 500-kV transmission lines in Pennsylvania and provide two new additional pathways for electricity to alleviate electric gridlock, the company said in its statement. The project’s electric system upgrades include about 40 miles of new 230-kV overhead transmission lines, two new substations, and additional upgrades to integrate the facilities into the grid, the company said.
The East segment of the project includes about 15 miles of new overhead electric transmission line that will connect a new substation, to be built in southern York County, Pa., to the existing Conastone substation, near Norrisville, in Harford County, Md., Transource said.
The West segment of the project includes about 25 miles of new overhead electric transmission line that will connect a new substation, to be built in Franklin County, Pa., to the existing Ringgold substation, near Smithsburg, in Washington County, Md., the company said.
Transource said that based on the input from the initial open house events, it will narrow the list of potential study segments and host a second set of open house events before identifying proposed routes for the new transmission lines. The company said that it plans to file applications to build the project with state regulators by the end of the year.
According to the project’s webpage, right of way acquisition and permitting, as well as regulatory approval, is scheduled to occur in 2018. If the project is approved, construction would occur in 2019, and the project would be in service in 2020, according to the site.
As noted in the company’s statement, Transource is a partnership between American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) and Great Plains Energy (NYSE:GXP).