Hernshaw Area Improvements Project

    Appalachian Power representatives plan to increase electric reliability by making upgrades in Kanawha County in West Virginia.

    The Hernshaw Area Improvements Project involves building approximately 4 miles of electric transmission line and expanding a substation. Company representatives expect construction to begin late 2021 and conclude by the end of 2022.

    Project Updates

    01/21/21 - The project team has determined a proposed line route after reviewing input from landowners and community members. In the coming months, landowners along the line route can expect to hear from a representative of Emerald Energy, the right-of-way contractor representing Appalachian Power. To view the proposed line route, click on the "Map" tab below.

    10/27/20 - Project representatives encourage landowners to submit their feedback about the project by Friday, November 20. To provide comments on how this project affects your property or to provide special conditions related to your property, please visit the "Contact Us" page above or call 833-313-3743.

    Project Releases

    Fact Sheet




    Crews plan to build the power line primarily using steel towers.

    At Appalachian Power, we are committed to meeting the energy needs of customers while protecting the environment and natural beauty of the region.

    • Structure Height: Approximately 140 feet*
    • Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 100 feet*

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

    * 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.