American Electric Power’s Appalachian Power on Aug. 7 said that its representatives are hosting virtual open houses at AppalachianPower.com/CVTRP for three phases of the Central Virginia Transmission Reliability Project, with landowners invited to provide feedback to the project team by Sept. 7.
The project — which includes several phases over the next few years in five central Virginia counties — provides a new electrical source for the region, increases reliability for customers and supports the retirement of aging equipment, the company said.
The company noted that the virtual open houses will focus on the:
- Amherst – Reusens phase, which involves rebuilding about 12 miles of transmission line and expanding two substations in Amherst County and the city of Lynchburg
- Shipman-Schuyler phase, which involves building two substations and less than a quarter of a mile of transmission line in Nelson County
- Esmont – Scottsville phase, which involves rebuilding about six miles of transmission line and upgrading two substations in Albemarle County
Appalachian Power said that landowners within each project area can expect to receive a packet in the mail that includes additional project details and a comment card that they can return by mail with their feedback.
The company noted that hosting the open houses online complies with the social distancing recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
George Porter, Appalachian Power spokesperson, said in the statement in part, “The project team plans to review public input and conduct additional field work to minimize the project’s impact on the community and environment.”
Appalachian Power said that company officials in October 2019 announced the first phase of the Central Virginia Transmission Reliability Project, the Joshua Falls – Gladstone phase, which involves building about 15 miles of transmission line and updating four substations in Amherst, Appomattox, Campbell and Nelson counties.
Appalachian Power officials plan to seek local approval from Albemarle County for the Esmont – Scottsville phase, as well as Virginia State Corporation Commission approval for the Amherst – Reusens, Shipman-Schuyler, and Joshua Falls-Gladstone phases this winter, the company said, adding that if the project receives approval, construction is expected to begin in late 2022.
As noted in a fact sheet, the Amherst — Reusens phase includes rebuilding about 12 miles of line in or near existing right of way (ROW), as well as expanding the existing Monroe and Amherst substations. The rebuild begins in Amherst County at the Amherst substation located off U.S. Route 60, with upgrades continuing southeast for about eight miles toward the Monroe substation located off South Amherst Highway. From there, the fact sheet added, the line continues for four miles, crossing the James River and ending at the Reusens substation located off Old Trents Ferry Road in the city of Lynchburg.
The project schedule calls for the project to be in service in fall 2023.
As noted in a separate fact sheet, the Shipman — Schuyler phase includes building the new James River substation off James River Road to replace the existing Shipman substation located off Craigtown Road; building the Soapstone substation off Rockfish Crossing to replace the existing Schuyler substation located off Salem Road; building less than a quarter of a mile of line to connect each new substation to existing lines; and retiring the two substations in the towns of Shipman and Schuyler. The work will occur on property owned by Appalachian Power, the fact sheet said.
According to the project schedule, the substations are set to be in service in fall 2023.
According to another fact sheet, the Esmont — Scottsville phase includes rebuilding about six miles of line in or near existing ROW, beginning at the Esmont substation located off of Irish Road, continuing east, and ending at the Scottsville substation located off of James River Road; upgrading the existing Esmont and Scottsville substations; as well as improving the local distribution network.
According to the project schedule, the project is slated to be in service at the end of 2024.