American Electric Power’s Kentucky Power on March 11 said that it expects to file an application this fall with the Kentucky Public Service Commission to seek approval for the Garrett Area Transmission Line Project, which includes building about 15 miles of 138-kV transmission line.
The company noted that the project, which is designed to upgrade the electric transmission system in Floyd and Knott counties in Kentucky, also involves building the Eastern substation, expanding the Garrett substation, as well as making upgrades to the Hays Branch, Saltlick, and Soft Shell substations.
The company said that construction of the new line allows crews to retire about 25 miles of transmission line that includes deteriorating wooden poles from the 1920s and 1940s; the existing line has experienced multiple power outages in recent years.
The company also noted that it is evaluating several route options for the new line, which begins at the Hays Branch substation in Floyd County and continues about one mile southwest to the proposed Eastern substation located along Route 80. From there, the project continues about four miles south toward the Garrett substation west of Route 680, and continues about four miles west to the Saltlick substation, an East Kentucky Power Cooperative substation near the Floyd/Knott county line. Then, the company added, the project crosses the county line into Knott County and continues about six miles southwest to the Soft Shell substation northeast of Route 1098.
Landowners in the project area are invited to visit KentuckyPower.com/Garrett to learn more about the project, enter a virtual open house, and provide feedback by April 19.
Area landowners can expect to receive a packet in the mail that includes additional project details and a comment card that they can return with their feedback, the company added, noting that the packet also includes an invitation to two live virtual town hall events on April 1 that landowners can join online or by phone to learn more about the project, ask questions, and share input.
As noted on the project webpage, the two live virtual town hall events can be accessed on:
- April 1 from noon to 1 p.m., by dialing 1-415-655-0001 and entering the following access code when prompted: 1857836356; as well as by joining online at KentuckyPower.com/GarrettTownHall1
- April 1 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., by dialing 1-415-655-0001 and entering the following access code when prompted: 1856122852; as well as by joining online at KentuckyPower.com/GarrettTownHall2
The company said that the project team plans to use feedback from the virtual open house, comment cards, virtual town hall events, and additional field work to determine a line route that minimizes impact to the community and environment.
The company said that if the project receives regulatory approval, then it expects construction to begin in summer 2023, and conclude at the end of 2024.