American Electric Power’s Appalachian Power on Nov. 19 said that it and its affiliate, AEP West Virginia Transmission Co., Inc., plan upgrades to the electric transmission system serving customers in Kanawha and Jackson counties in West Virginia through the Kenna Area Transmission Line Project, which includes building about 20 miles of electric transmission line.
Plans also include building a substation and upgrading two substations in the area, the company said.
As noted in a project fact sheet, the substations to be upgraded are the Sisson and Ripley substations, while the new substation to be built is the 138-kV Kenna substation.
The company is reviewing multiple route options to build the line, with potential route options for the new line starting at the Ripley substation, located off Klondyke Road in Ripley. The fact sheet added that the route options continue southeast, traveling a similar direction as Interstate 77 for about 20 miles. The proposed upgrades end at the Sisson substation, located near Interstate 77 in Sissonville, the fact sheet noted, adding that the proposed Kenna substation is located near the intersection of WV-34 and Interstate 77 in Kenna.
The upgrades are designed to increase electric reliability for customers; strengthen the local power grid by bringing an additional power source to the area; and reduce the likelihood of power outages, the fact sheet noted.
Appalachian Power said that landowners are invited to a virtual open house to learn more about the project and provide feedback to the project team. The company also noted that the project team plans to use input from the virtual open house, comment cards, and additional field work to determine a line route that minimizes impact on the community and environment.
The company said that construction is expected to begin in fall 2021, and conclude by fall 2023.