Appalachian Power plans to improve the electric transmission reliability in western Virginia by proposing the Tazewell-Bearwallow Transmission Line Project. The proposed work consists of rebuilding approximately 12.5 miles of 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line to 138 kV standards and making associated upgrades to three substations along the proposed route. Approximately 7.5 miles of the 12.5 miles of rebuild is located in Tazewell County, Va. The remaining 4.7 miles is located in McDowell County, W.Va.
Appalachian Power filed an application with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) in March 2015 requesting permission to make the improvements to its existing transmission facilities. Appalachian Power received approval from the SCC in September 2015. The filing is the second and final phase of planned improvements to Appalachian Power’s transmission system in Tazewell and Buchanan Counties in Virginia.
Total estimated cost for the Tazewell-Bearwallow project is $38 million. Construction is currently underway and is expected to be complete in the fall of 2018.