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Fayette County Area Transmission Improvement Plan

PJM, the regional transmission organization responsible for planning and organizing the electric grid in thirteen states, including West Virginia, and in the District of Columbia, has identified voltage, thermal and reliability concerns in Fayette County, West Virginia and in the surrounding areas. In order to address these concerns, an Appalachian Power affiliate, AEP West Virginia Transmission Company, Inc. proposes the Fayette County Project. The Fayette County Project involves constructing certain transmission facilities in the area of Beckley and otherwise in Fayette, Greenbrier and Raleigh Counties. Specifically the Fayette County Project includes:

  • Constructing a new Beury Mountain and Brackens Creek Station, including associated equipment
  • Constructing approximately twelve miles of 138 kV transmission line between the new Beury Mountain and Brackens Creek Stations
  • Constructing approximately two miles of new 138 kV transmission line; and rebuilding and upgrading approximately thirteen miles of existing 69 kV transmission line as 138 kV between the McClung and new Brackens Creek Stations
  • Constructing approximately two miles of new 69 kV transmission line
  • Installing equipment at three existing stations.

In March 2014, WV Transco filed a request with the Public Service Commission of West Virginia (PSC) seeking approval to construct the project. The PSC granted approval in June 2014. Transmission line construction is underway and will be complete the end of 2018.

Project Updates

Transmission line construction is underway and will be complete in two phases. The transmission line Crossing Route 41 and ending near the town of Lookout will be complete by the of 2017. The line crossing Route 61 and ending near the town of Quinwood will be complete by the end of 2018.

 

Project Benefits

  • Ensure adequate and reliable electric service in the local area, and provide for future economic growth.
  • Reduce the impact of transmission system constraints on the Summersville Hydroelectric Project.

Purpose and Need

Upgrades to the existing transmission system are needed to address voltage, thermal and reliability issues identified by PJM.

Maps

Typical Structures

Right of Way

  • Generally 100 feet wide.

* The accompanying map depicts the project area. It should be noted that the map contained on this site is for information purposes only. AEP reserves the right to alter, change, or amend the map at any time without notice and AEP provides no warranty about the accuracy of content. Keep this in mind when reviewing this map. However, AEP will make all attempts to keep this map as accurate as possible. If you have any questions about the accuracy of the current map please Contact Us.