Crab Orchard Area 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 p.m.at Mabscott Elementary School.

    Project Releases


    Fact Sheet



    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 requirements 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.

    * The accompanying map depicts the project area. It should be noted that the map contained on this site is for information purposes only. AEP reserves the right to alter, change, or amend the map at any time without notice and AEP provides no warranty about the accuracy of content. Keep this in mind when reviewing this map. However, AEP will make all attempts to keep this map as accurate as possible. If you have any questions about the accuracy of the current map please Contact Us.