Kentucky Power to seek approval from regulators this spring for 138-kV line

American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) Kentucky Power on March 20 said that it is planning to improve electric reliability and increase economic development opportunities in eastern Kentucky by making significant upgrades to the power grid in Pike and Floyd counties.

The company noted that the Enterprise Park Economic & Area Improvements Project would consist of building a double-circuit, 138-kV transmission line from a proposed substation in the Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park to an end point on the existing Sprigg-Beaver Creek transmission line.

The work would ensure continued reliable service for customers while providing the industrial park with a robust transmission system capable of handling continued customer growth and economic development, the company said.

Kentucky Power is working to develop preliminary study segments for the new line, and once study segments have been developed, the company will host an open house to introduce the project to the community, answer questions about the project, and gather feedback from directly involved landowners.

The company also said that after the open house, project team members will use information gathered from landowners and the community to work toward a proposed route.

According to a project fact sheet, structure type would vary along the line route depending on project needs; the typical height would be about 90 feet, and the typical right of way width would be about 100 feet.

Kentucky Power said that it plans to file for a certificate of public convenience and necessity with the Kentucky Public Service Commission this spring.

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