Kentucky Power, I&M announce routes for two transmission projects

American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) Kentucky Power on June 25 announced a proposed transmission line route for its Enterprise Park Economic & Area Improvements Project, which involves building about five miles of 138-kV transmission line in Floyd and Pike counties in Kentucky, as well as a new substation that would be located in the Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park in Pike County.

The route and substation location for the transmission improvements were determined after gathering input from landowners and community members at a May open house, the company said.        

The proposed transmission line route travels northwest from the new substation through Pike County and then crosses into Floyd County, where it parallels the company’s existing 765-kV transmission line, the company said. The route ends where it connects to another existing power line west of Keathley Branch Road, the company said, adding that once the project is complete, Kentucky Power would retire the Fords Branch substation on Old Shelbiana Road.

The new transmission line would be located in a 100-foot right of way (ROW), Kentucky Power said, adding that its ROW agents will start reaching out to directly involved property owners to discuss acquiring easements, access roads, and construction activities.

The company noted that since the Enterprise Park project is still in the planning stages, total cost estimates are incomplete. Kentucky Power said that its customers would pay 4% to 6% of the project costs after the upgrade is complete. Transmission project expenses are shared among residents of several states served by PJM Interconnection because all benefit from such grid-strengthening projects, according to the company.

Kentucky Power said that it plans to file for a certificate of public convenience and necessity with the Kentucky Public Service Commission later this summer. Once approved, construction is expected to start in the fall and to be complete by the middle of 2019, the company said.

I&M project

In other AEP news, Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) on June 21 announced the proposed final line route for the Three Rivers Transmission Line Rebuild Project, which is an approximately $13m investment designed to improve the electric transmission system in St. Joseph County, Mich.

That project includes six miles of transmission line construction, as well as a new substation, which will allow I&M to retire an existing substation, the company said.

I&M noted that while much of the line will be rebuilt where it is currently located, a section of the line west of North Main Street and north of Hoffman Road will shift and run parallel to US 131.

The existing infrastructure has reached an age where it needs to be replaced to better serve customers, the company said, adding that rebuilding the line and building a new substation will increase reliability to customers, reducing the number of outages and shortening restoration times.

The final line route was determined following a comprehensive study of the area and analysis of public comments, the company said. Feedback from local residents during a September 2017 project open house was included in that analysis and was key in deciding the final route, the company noted. Landowners who are directly affected will be contacted to discuss impacts of the project, the company said.

Construction is expected to start in the fall and to be completed by summer 2019, I&M said.

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