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McDowell Area 138 kV Transmission Improvements Project

Appalachian Power and its affiliate, AEP West Virginia Transmission Company, propose a project that will boost the electric transmission grid reliability in the region. The McDowell Area Improvements Project will also provide southern West Virginia with an infrastructure capable of handling future economic growth. The project includes:

  • Removal of approximately 35 miles of existing 88 kilovolt (kV) transmission line
  • Rebuilding and upgrading approximately 17 miles of an existing transmission line to 138 kV
  • Retirement of two substations
  • Construction of three new substations
  • Improvements and upgrades at various existing substations

The Public Service Commission of West Virginia granted a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity in September 2014. Estimated budget for the project is $80 million with an expected in-service date of spring 2018.

Project Updates

The McDowell Area 138 kV Transmission Improvements Project is about 60% complete. The portion of the line spanning from Jim Branch to Berwind Substation is complete and in-service. The project in its entirety is expected to be complete by spring 2018.

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Public Service Commission Applications

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