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Kanawha Valley Area Transmission Reinforcement Project

Power plant retirements in the Kanawha and Ohio River valleys will change the way electric power flows on the electric transmission grid. To accommodate those changes and address additional issues identified by an independent regional transmission operator more than $335 million in upgrades are needed to the grid in West Virginia, with most of the work slated for the Kanawha Valley.

The upgrades will include rebuilding existing transmission lines and upgrades to substations. The bulk of the Kanawha Valley work will take place between Appalachian Power’s John Amos Plant and its Turner and Cabin Creek substations, with a key loop in the Cross Lanes area and another in the Kanawha City area. Additional work will be done to facilities that feed off the backbone transmission line that runs from Poca to Cabin Creek.

The Public Service Commission of West Virginia (PSC) approved the project in January 2014. The project is complete and in-service.

Project Updates

The Kanawha Valley Area Transmission project is in-service. Crews are now working on restoration efforts to conserve the natural beauty of the region.

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