American Electric Power’s Appalachian Power on Feb. 13 said that its representatives are planning a second set of open houses for the Joshua Falls-Gladstone phase of the Central Virginia Transmission Reliability Project, which the company said is designed to provide a new electrical source for the region, increase reliability for customers, and support the retirement of aging equipment.
The Joshua Falls-Gladstone phase — one of several phases of the project over the next few years in five central Virginia counties — involves building about 15 miles of transmission line and improving four substations in Amherst, Appomattox, Campbell, and Nelson counties, the company said.
Appalachian Power noted that since November 2019 when its representatives hosted the first set of open houses, the project team has refined the potential power line route options. Community members and landowners are invited to review project information at open houses scheduled for Feb. 26 in Appomattox County and Feb. 27 in Amherst County, the company said. The project team uses input from the open houses, online submissions, and additional field work to determine a line route. The company added that the team plans to select a line route and seek approval from the Virginia State Corporation Commission in the summer. If approved, construction for the Joshua Falls-Gladstone phase would begin in summer 2022 and last for about a year.
Appalachian Power also said that its representatives are reviewing an existing transmission line in Albemarle County as part of the next phase of the Central Virginia Transmission Reliability Project, with plans including rebuilding a power line that begins at the Esmont substation located off of Irish Road. The line would travel east for about six miles and end at the Scottsville substation located off of James River Road, the company said, adding that right of way (ROW) agents plan to contact landowners with existing easements along that line.
According to a project fact sheet for the Esmont-Scottsville phase, company representatives expect construction for that phase to begin in early 2024 and finish by the end of that year.