Appalachian Power to host open house on Sept. 28 regarding $20m project

American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) Appalachian Power on Sept. 14 said that it will host an open house on Sept. 28 in Lynchburg, Va., regarding the $20m Dearington-Rivermont Transmission Project that involves replacing aging infrastructure with modern equipment capable of handling continued economic growth in the area.

According to a project fact sheet, the existing transmission grid in Lynchburg needs to be updated to increase electric reliability to customers. The work done as part of the project would reduce the likelihood of power outages to customers and build a transmission grid capable of handling continued growth in the area, the fact sheet noted, adding that replacing the aging infrastructure would also decrease restoration times when outages do occur.

The company noted in its statement that preliminary project route options include rebuilding about six miles of existing 69-kV transmission line from the Dearington substation near the intersection of Morgan and Third Streets, to the Reusens substation off Old Trents Ferry Road.

Another proposed route includes building about a mile of new transmission line just east of the Centra Hospital to a connection point to the existing transmission line near Hollins Mill Road, the company said.

According to the project fact sheet, the existing 69-kV transmission line starts at the Dearington substation and moves east along Caroline and Garland Streets, before turning northwest along Hollins Mill Road toward the Rivermont substation.

The line continues northwest, paralleling the James River, before connecting with the Reusens substation off Old Trents Ferry Road, the fact sheet noted, adding that a new proposed route passes on the east side of Centra Hospital before reconnecting with the existing line near Hollins Mill Road.

Proposed structures would vary depending on location, the fact sheet said, adding that current structure types include steel single-circuit and double-circuit monopoles. The average height of structures along the route is about 70 feet, the fact sheet noted.

The company said in its statement that following the open house, project team members will use information gathered to determine a final proposed route. The company also said that it plans to have all state and local approvals by spring 2018, with construction expected to begin later that spring, and to occur in several phases over a two-year span.

According to the project schedule, the project is slated to be in service in December 2020.

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