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Apple Grove - LakinTransmission Line Rebuild Project

Appalachian Power representatives plan to increase electric reliability by upgrading the power grid serving customers in Mason County. The Apple Grove-Lakin Transmission Line Rebuild Project involves upgrading approximately 28 miles of transmission line to 138-kilovolt (kV) standards in or near the existing right-of-way.

The existing transmission line was built in the 1960s and is experiencing age-related outages. The project strengthens the transmission system by replacing wooden poles with steel structures and upgrading aging equipment inside three substations. The upgrades also address stress on the area's electric system that was identified by PJM Interconnection's 2024 Summer Analysis. PJM Interconnection serves as the regional transmission organization that monitors the electric grid in 13 states, including West Virginia. The upgrades are expected to increase the power line's performance during periods of high electric demand, reduce customer outages in the area and increase electric reliability for customers.

Company representatives expect construction to begin June 2024 and conclude by December 2025.

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Appalachian Power representatives encourage landowners to submit their feedback about the project by June 1, 2023. To provide comments on how this project affects your property or to provide special conditions related to your property, please contact us at 859-795-2003 and

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The project involves rebuilding the transmission line using a combination of steel H-frame poles, single pole and three-pole structures.

Structure Height: Approximately 60-80 feet*
Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 100 feet*

*Exact structure, height and right-of-way requirements may vary.


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Appalachian Power serves approximately 1 million customers in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee.

Melissa Mann

Project Outreach Consultant Representing Appalachian Power

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