Pax Branch Transmission Line Upgrade

    Appalachian Power and its affiliate, AEP West Virginia Transmission Company, Inc., plan to strengthen the transmission grid in the Plum Orchard Lake area by upgrading the electrical system in Fayette County.

    The Pax Branch Transmission Line Upgrade project consists of rebuilding about 6 miles of an existing transmission line to ensure reliable electric service to customers. All work will be done in or adjacent to existing right-of-way. Existing easements will need to be supplemented. Construction is expected to conclude the fall of 2019.

    Estimated budget for the project is $15 million.

    Project Updates

    10/29/2019 - The Pax Branch Transmission Line Upgrade project is complete. Right-of-way agents from Emerald Energy will work with landowners in the project area to restore their property.  

    6/13/2019 - Crews have completed tree clearing and access road construction. Transmission line construction continues through the summer and is expected to end this fall. 

    4/01/2019 - Construction is underway for the Pax Branch Transmission Line Upgrade project. Crews will continue to clear trees and construct access roads this spring. Transmission line construction is also underway and will continue throughout the summer. The upgrades are expected to be complete this September. 

    6/12/18 -- Appalachian Power has determined a proposed route for the project. The route is shown on the interactive map on this page. Emerald Energy, the company's right-of-way contractor, is currently working to acquire permission to survey from directly-involved landowners.

    5/09/2018 - Appalachian Power held an open house on May 2 to introduce proposed study segments and answer questions related to the project. The right-of-way contractor, Emerald Energy, will begin reaching out to affected property owners for permission to survey starting late this spring and continuing into the summer.

    4/18/2018 - Appalachian Power will host an informational open house to introduce proposed study segments and answer questions related to the project. The open house will be Wednesday, May 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Pax Volunteer Fire Department.

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

    Typical Height for Single Circuit: Approximately 75 feet
    Typical Height for Double Circuit: Approximately 80 feet
    Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 100 feet

    *Exact structure, height and right-of-way 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.