Lakin - Racine Transmission Line Rebuild Project

    Appalachian Power representatives and the utility’s affiliate, AEP West Virginia Transmission Co., Inc., plan upgrades to the electric transmission system serving customers in northern West Virginia.

    The Lakin-Racine Transmission Line Rebuild Project involves upgrading approximately 13 miles of transmission line in or near the existing right-of-way, and upgrading a substation in the area. The project resulted from PJM Interconnection’s 2022 Winter Analysis. PJM Interconnection serves as the regional transmission organization that monitors the electric grid in 13 states, including West Virginia.

    Company representatives expect construction to begin in Spring 2021 and conclude by Summer 2022.

    Project Updates

    August 5, 2020- A proposed line route was selected to rebuild the 13 miles transmission line from the Lakin Substation to the Racine Substation. Directly involved landowners will receive additional information in the mail sharing next steps.

    April 8, 2020 - The project team invites landowners to visit the project's virtual open house and provide feedback to help solidify a final line route.

    Project Releases

    Fact Sheet




    Crews plan to rebuild the power line primarily using steel, H-frame and single poles.

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

    • Existing Structure Height: Approximately 50 feet*
    • Proposed Structure Height: Approximately 75 feet*
    • Right-of-Way Width**: Approximately 100 feet*

    *Exact structure, height and right-of-way requirements may vary
    **A right-of-way is a defined area where transmission lines are located

    * 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.