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Richlands - Whitewood 138 kV Transmission Line Project

In order to address a potentially overloaded circuit projected to occur in Tazewell and Buchanan counties in 2017, Appalachian Power proposes a project that will include a new 7.5-mile Richlands-Whitewood 138 kilovolt (kV) transmission line, a one acre Whitewood switchyard, and associated improvements to the Richlands Substation.

Appalachian filed an application with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) in June 2014 requesting permission for the improvements. The filing is the first phase of a $50 million planned improvement project to Appalachian’s transmission system in Tazwell and Buchanan counties. The initial project was announced in February 2014.

The potential overload was identified in a study conducted by PJM, Appalachian’s regional transmission organization. The improvements will also improve reliability and reinforce the area’s electric infrastructure for future growth.

Total estimated cost for the Richlands-Whitewood project is approximately $25 million. The project is now in-service.

Project Updates

Construction of the Richlands - Whitewood 138 kV Transmission Line Project is complete and in-service. Crews are now focused on restoration efforts to minimize environmental impacts on the community.

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Application to the State Corporation Commission (SCC)

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