The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) on Nov. 18 said that it is asking for public input through Dec. 21 on its proposal to invest about $18m in about 18 miles of 161-kV transmission line from Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association’s North Oakland substation to TVA’s Coffeeville substation in Mississippi.
The proposed transmission system upgrades are designed to prepare for growth and to increase power reliability in the Batesville, Charleston, Coffeeville, and Oakland areas in Mississippi, TVA said, noting that the new line would be built using primarily steel, single-pole structures on new 100-foot-wide right of way (ROW).
The public is encouraged to attend a virtual open house on TVA’s website from Nov. 19 through Dec. 21, TVA said, adding that the public may also submit comments by contacting Cherie Minghini by phone at 800-362-4355; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by mail at Tennessee Valley Authority, 1101 Market St., MR 4G, Chattanooga, TN 37402-2801.
As noted in the virtual open house, currently under heavy loading conditions, the loss of one of three lines that serve the Batesville area, including Batesville-East Batesville (L5352), results in overloading one or more other lines. Additionally, TVA said, three stations — West Batesville, West Charleston, and North Oakland — are currently on a radial feed, or single power source. Any failures could result in loss of service to the area, TVA said.
Among the project benefits, TVA said that the project removes customers off a radial transmission line and adds necessary capacity to TVA’s bulk transmission system.
TVA noted that the North Oakland station is located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Highway 51 and County Road 23 in Oakland, while the Coffeeville station is located on County Road 212, 1.5 miles east of the intersection of County Road 436 near Coffeeville.
Among other things, TVA also noted in its virtual open house that the project schedule calls for construction to begin in fall 2023, and for the line to be in service in winter 2024-2025.