Crab OrchardArea Improvements

Appalachian Power and its affiliate, AEP West Virginia Transmission Company Inc., plans to increase electric reliability by making upgrades to the transmission system in southern West Virginia.

The Crab Orchard Area Improvements project includes building approximately 2 miles of new transmission line and a new substation to strengthen the electric system and reduce the likelihood of customer outages.

Construction is expected to start in the fall of 2019 and be complete by the end of 2020.

Project Updates

11/27/2020: The project is complete and in service. Right-of-way agents plan to work with landowners in the project area to restore properties where needed.

10/29/2019: Crews will begin clearing trees and building access roads later this fall. Construction of the transmission line and substation is expected to begin Spring 2020 and conclude by the end of the year.

12/4/18: Appalachian Power determined a proposed route for the new transmission line. Right-of-Way agents from Emerald Energy will reach out to affected landowners to discuss next steps in the process.

9/13/2018: Appalachian Power held an open house on September 12 to introduce study segments, answer questions related to the project and gather feedback from the community. The company will utilize information gathered to determine a proposed line route.

8/28/2018: Appalachian Power will host an open house to introduce proposed study segments and answer questions related to the project. The open house will be Wednesday, September 12 from 5:30-7:30 Mabscott Elementary School.

Project Releases

News Release - December 4, 2018 (PDF)

News Release - August 28, 2018 (PDF)


Proposed Route (PDF)

Crab Orchard Map (PDF)


Project Timeline



Appalachian Power is committed to carefully balancing the energy needs of homes and businesses while protecting the environment and the natural beauty of the region.

Structure Height: Approximately 100 feet
Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 100 feet

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



Substations serve as electrical intersections converting the power to voltage levels for use in homes, businesses, and industrial facilities.

* Substation shown is a general depiction of the proposed facility that will be built for this project. It does not represent final design.


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

Cortney Mustard

Project Outreach Specialist

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