American Electric Power’s Appalachian Power on Sept. 11 said that it plans upgrades to the electric transmission system in Roanoke County, Va., as part of the Glenmary Substation Project, which includes building a substation, as well as about a quarter of a mile of transmission line in the Roanoke County Center for Research and Technology (CRT).
The project also involves building a new office building for Appalachian Power equipment and employees.
Larry Jackson, director of external affairs for Appalachian Power, said in the statement that the substation and line will power the new office building, and that the project is expected to improve electric reliability for nearby customers as well.
As noted on a project fact sheet, the upgrades are located off of Glenmary Road in the CRT, with the new line exiting the substation to the northwest, traveling about a quarter of a mile, and connecting to an existing power line. The project schedule calls for substation construction to begin in spring 2021, transmission line construction to begin in summer 2021, and the project being in service in December 2021.
A virtual open house on the project is available at the project’s webpage, the company said, noting that landowners within the project area can expect to receive a packet in the mail that includes additional project details, as well as a comment card that they can return by mail with their feedback.
The project team plans to present the proposed upgrades to the Roanoke County Planning Commission on Nov. 2, and to the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 17, the company said.