Becco AreaTransmission Improvements Project

The Becco Area Transmission Improvements Project involves building about 17 miles of new electric transmission line, building two new substations, retiring 24 miles of existing transmission line and retiring two substations.

Construction begins in fall 2025 and concludes by spring 2027.

Project Updates

10/31/23: Company representatives have determined a proposed line route after reviewing input from landowners and community members, environmental impact and land use. The project involves building the transmission line in or near the existing right-of-way. Directly involved property owners can expect to hear about next steps in 2024 from the right-of-way contractor representing Appalachian Power.

08/25/23: Following community feedback, project team members are working to determine a final line route announcement. Updates soon to follow. 

01/10/23: Appalachian Power representatives invite community members and landowners in the project area to learn more and provide input by attending an in-person open house later this month. There is no formal presentation and landowners may come and go at any time during the two-hour event:

Tuesday, January 24 from 5-7 p.m. at Man High School, 800 E. McDonald Avenue in Man. Landowners are encouraged to submit their feedback about the project by Wednesday, January 25. Comments on how this project affects your property or provide special conditions related to your property, you may use the comment form below or call 833-313-3743.

In the case of inclement weather, please check the project website for any cancellations or rescheduled open house dates.

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Project Timeline



Crews plan to build the line using primarily steel lattice towers and H-frame structures.

Proposed Structure Height: 100-130 feet*
Right-of-Way Width: 100 feet*

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



Substations serve as electrical intersections directing the flow of electricity and either decrease or increase voltage levels for transport. Substations transform 69-kV and 138-kV electricity into lower distribution level voltages such as 34.5-kV, 12-kV, or 7.2-kV.

*Substation shown is a general depiction of the proposed facilities for the project. It does not represent final design


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

Jessica Wright Lemons

Project Outreach Specialist

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