Virginia Transmission Line Projects


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Projects Pending Approval

Abingdon & Washington County Area Improvements

Announced in September 2015, the Abingdon and Washington County Area Improvements project will proceed in two phases: the South Abingdon Extension and the Washington County Improvements. Estimated budget for the overall project is $60 million.

Approved Projects

Bland Area Improvements Project

Appalachian Power is planning to address potential thermal and voltage violations by upgrading the transmission grid in southwest Virginia. The Bland Area Improvements Project will also help provide continued reliable service to customers in the region.


On May 2, 2013, Appalachian Power and an American Electric Power affiliate, AEP Appalachian Transmission Company, Inc., filed a joint request with the Virginia SCC for approval to build the Cloverdale Transmission Improvements Project in Botetourt County. The $235 million investment received approval in January 2014.

South Lynchburg Area Improvements

The South Lynchburg Area Improvements project will provide Lynchburg and Campbell County with a modern and robust energy grid capable of handling economic growth. Construction is expected to be completed by June 2017.

Tazewell - Buchanan Area Improvement Project

Appalachian Power proposes a $50 million investment in the electric transmission infrastructure that serves western Virginia. The project includes construction of a one-acre switchyard, building about 8 miles of transmission line and upgrading approximately 13 miles of existing transmission line. The majority of work will be done in Tazewell and Buchanan counties with a portion to take place in West Virginia.

Additional Projects

Commonwealth Crossing Transmission Line Project

Appalachian Power is planning on building about 5 miles of new transmission line to help increase economic development potential in southern Virginia. The new transmission line will connect to Henry County’s Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre.

Duffield Area Improvements

Appalachian Power plans to address the rising demand for electricity by upgrading approximately 15 miles of transmission line and building a substation in Scott County, Virginia. Estimated budget for the project is $14 million.

Haysi Transmission Line Rebuild

Appalachian Power plans to strengthen the transmission grid in Dickenson County by rebuilding 7 miles of transmission line. Estimated budget for the project is $15 million.

Redwood Substation

Appalachian Power plans to increase the electric reliability to customers in Franklin County by building a new distribution substation west of Smith Mountain Lake. Construction is expected to start this fall and be complete by the end of 2017. Budget for the project is about $6 million.

Roanoke Area Switching Improvements

Appalachian Power plans to improve customer reliability by making upgrades to 14 existing substations in central Virginia. Estimated budget for the project is $30 million.

Wildwood Commerce Transmission Project

Appalachian Power plans to increase economic development in southwestern Virginia by building a new transmission line to the Wildwood Commerce Business Park.


State Approval Process

In Appalachian Power's Virginia Service Territory, power lines 138 kV and above are reviewed by the Virginia State Corporation Commission. Click the link below to view a flow chart of the approval process.

State Approval Process

State Operating Companies

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