TVA proposes 161-kV transmission project in DeSoto County, Miss.

TVA spokesperson Malinda Hunter on Dec. 12 told TransmissionHub that TVA will conduct an environmental review of the estimated $4m project in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and will obtain all necessary permits prior to construction

The Tennessee Valley Authority on Dec. 5 said that it will hold an “information day” on Dec. 12 in Olive Branch, Miss., regarding proposed upgrades to its transmission system designed to provide power for growing load and increase power reliability in the Olive Branch area of DeSoto County.

TVA said that its new line involves building 3.5 miles of 161-kV line that would begin at the Northcentral Electric Power Association’s existing Mineral Wells substation and extend west to Northcentral EPA’s new Stateline Road substation.

TVA spokesperson Malinda Hunter on Dec. 12 told TransmissionHub that the Mineral Wells substation is located in Olive Branch, as is the Stateline Road substation, which is located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Stateline Rd., and Pleasant Hill Rd., she said.

The line would be built on steel pole structures on new 100-foot-wide right of way (ROW), TVA said, adding that only one route is being considered for the line.

Hunter said that TVA will conduct an environmental review of the estimated $4m project in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and will obtain all necessary permits prior to construction.

As noted on the project’s webpage, construction on the project is scheduled to begin in summer 2021, with the project expected to be in service in fall 2021.

Article amended at 7 p.m., EST, on Dec. 12, 2019, to include comments from the TVA spokesperson.