Appalachian Power on May 31 said that it will host an open house on June 11 in Daleville, Va., regarding its plans to improve electric reliability and increase economic development opportunities by building new electric facilities in Botetourt County, Va.
The Botetourt Substation project will comprise a new 138-kV substation, about three miles of new distribution line, and a small section of transmission line that will connect the substation to an existing 138-kV transmission line, the company said.
According to a project fact sheet, the proposed substation and associated power lines will be built within the Botetourt Center at Greenfield just off Route 220.
Botetourt County has seen a significant increase in power demand in the last several years, the fact sheet noted.
The work is designed to reduce the likelihood of extended power outages and decrease restoration times when outages do occur, Appalachian Power said in its statement.
Appalachian Power noted that it will request approval for the project from the Botetourt County’s Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. If approved, construction is expected to start in summer 2019, and last about a year, the company said.
A company spokesperson, citing the project’s senior outreach specialist, on June 5 told TransmissionHub that there is still no cost set for the project.