Kenna Area Tranmission Line Project

    Appalachian Power representatives plan upgrades to the electric transmission grid in West Virginia. The Kenna Area Transmission Line Project involves building approximately 20 miles of electric transmission line in Jackson and Kanawha counties. Plans also include building a new substation and upgrading two substations in the area.

    The upgrades increase electric reliability for customers and strengthen the power grid by bringing an additional source of power to the area.

    Company representatives expect construction to begin in fall 2021 and conclude by fall 2023.

    Project Updates

    04/21/21 - The project team has developed a refined study area after reviewing future land use, environmental impacts and input gathered from virtual open houses and landowner meetings. The team plans to conduct field studies within the refined study area to gather more data as we work to finalize the proposed line route.

    03/23/21 - Appalachian Power representatives are working to determine a proposed line route for this project. The project team is still reviewing landowner feedback and hopes to have a proposed route in the coming months.

    11/19/20 - Project representatives encourage landowners to submit their feedback about the project by January 8th. To provide comments on how this project affects your property or ask questions, please visit the "Contact Us" page above or call 833-313-3743. Your feedback helps the project team determine a proposed line route that minimizes impact to the community and environment.

    Project Releases

    Fact Sheet




    Crews plan to build the transmission line primarily using steel H-frame poles and towers. Proposed structures vary depending on the location.

    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 80-120 feet*
    • Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 100 feet*

    *Exact structure, height and right-of-way 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 facilities for the 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.