American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) Kentucky Power will host an open house in Hazard, Ky., on Aug. 24 to provide details about the $30m Hazard-Wooton Project to the public and affected landowners, the company said on Aug. 14.
The project – located in Perry and Leslie counties in Kentucky – is the first of several projects under the multi-million Eastern Kentucky Transmission Program, which is designed to strengthen and upgrade the regional power grid over five to seven years to better service customers, according to the company.
The Hazard-Wooton Project includes rebuilding seven miles of existing 161-kV transmission line and making upgrades to additional transmission facilities, the company said.
The transmission line to be rebuilt starts at the company’s substation on East Main Street and continues west through Hazard along the ridge just north of Hazard High School, the company said. The line then continues southwest out of Hazard and connects with the substation on Wooton Creek Road. The company added that most of the line would be rebuilt within or adjacent to existing right of way. Kentucky Power plans to file for a certificate of public convenience and necessity with the Kentucky Public Service Commission in the fall, the company said.
According to the Hazard-Wooton Project’s webpage, construction is expected to begin in summer 2018, and be complete by fall 2019.
Other Eastern Kentucky Transmission Program projects will replace aging equipment to ensure continued reliable electric service for customers, the company said in its statement, adding that work will take place in Bell, Clay, Knox, Leslie and Perry counties, and is expected to happen in several stages. Each project will be announced to the public prior to any field work, the company noted.
According to a fact sheet about the program, existing transmission equipment was built nearly 80 years ago. Replacing the equipment with modern technology will reduce the length and likelihood of outages to customers, the fact sheet noted.