TVA seeks public comments on four transmission projects in Tennessee

A virtual open house on an estimated $30m project is being held through Feb. 16, TVA said

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) on Feb. 11 said that it proposes to invest $21m to build the Iron City 161-kV switching station in Lawrence County, Tenn., along with a 13.3-mile, single-circuit transmission line to connect that switching station to Florence Utilities’ existing Florence 161-kV substation.

The public may join a virtual public information event through March 15 on the proposed transmission system improvements, which are designed to prepare for growth and increase power reliability in the Florence and Lauderdale County area, TVA said.

The improvements would provide backup capability to Florence and improve reliability for the Waynesboro, Loretto, and Crockett substations, TVA said, adding that the line would be built using primarily steel, single-pole, and H-frame structures on existing right of way (ROW), varying in width from 100 to 175 feet.

As noted on the project’s webpage, the project is expected to be in service in summer 2024, with construction scheduled to begin in summer 2023.

Earlier this month, TVA said that it proposes to invest $28m to build the new Locust Creek switching station, south of the Bon Aqua community in Hickman County, Tenn., as well as about 14 miles of 161-kV transmission line. TVA said that it would build the new line using primarily steel, single- and double-pole structures on existing and new ROW, with alternative line segments being under consideration for the new line’s route.

TVA said that stakeholders may attend a virtual open house through March 8.

As noted on the project’s webpage, the project is expected to be in service in fall 2025, with construction scheduled to begin in spring 2024.

Last month, TVA said that it is asking for public input through Feb. 22 on its proposal to invest $9m to build up to seven miles of double-circuit, 161-kV transmission line from its Gallatin-Portland land to the proposed North Gallatin substation in Gallatin, Tenn. The new line would be built using primarily steel, two-pole structures on a combination of existing and new ROW, TVA said.

Stakeholders may attend a virtual open house through Feb. 22, TVA noted.

According to the project’s webpage, the project is expected to be in service in winter 2023-2024, with construction scheduled to begin in spring 2023.

Separately in January, TVA said that it seeks public comment through Feb. 16 on its proposal to invest up to $30m to build power lines from the existing Sullivan 500-kV and Bluff City 161-kV substations extending northeast to Bristol Tennessee Essential Services’ proposed South Bristol substation between Weaver Pike and State Route 394 in the Bristol, Tenn., area.

TVA said that it would build the new lines on steel, single- and double-pole structures on existing and new 100-foot-wide ROW.

A virtual open house on the project is being held through Feb. 16, TVA noted.

According to the project’s webpage, the project is expected to be in service in spring 2024, with construction scheduled to begin in summer 2023.

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