American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) Appalachian Power on July 11 said that it will host an open house on Aug. 2 in Galax, Va., regarding its proposed estimated $40m Glendale Area Improvements Project, which is designed to strengthen the transmission system in Carroll and Wythe counties.
The project – which is a result of PJM Interconnection’s 2021 Winter Analysis – would include construction of three miles of transmission line and a substation, as well as removal of other transmission lines and an existing substation, the company said. The improvements would reduce the likelihood of power outages during high demand periods, the company said.
According to a project fact sheet, as part of the project, the company would build two miles of double-circuit, 138-kV transmission line and one mile of double-circuit, 69-kV transmission line. The fact sheet also noted that the PJM study identified the need for increased power supply to support demand during extreme weather conditions.
Input from the open house, online submissions, and additional field work would determine a route that minimizes impact on the community and environment, the company said. The project area includes the proposed substation site off Glendale Road, as well as study segments that cross Creekview Drive and continue for about a mile before connecting to an existing transmission line, Appalachian Power said.
The company said that it will file an application seeking approval for the project later this year with the Virginia State Corporation Commission. If the project is approved, construction is expected to begin in early 2020, and be complete by summer 2021.
Once the project is complete, the company would remove the Cliffview substation on Deer Haven Road in Galax and retire 14 miles of transmission line in Carroll and Wythe counties, Appalachian Power added. The project also includes removing a substation in Wythe County and adding upgrades at other substations in Carroll, Grayson, and Wythe counties, the company said.