Power plant retirements in the Kanawha and Ohio River valleys will change the way electric power flows on the electric transmission grid. To accommodate those changes and address additional issues identified by an independent regional transmission operator more than $337 million in upgrades are needed to the grid in West Virginia, with most of the work slated for the Kanawha Valley.
The upgrades will include rebuilding existing transmission lines and upgrades to substations. The bulk of the Kanawha Valley work will take place between Appalachian Power’s John Amos Plant and its Turner and Cabin Creek substations, with a key loop in the Cross Lanes area and another in the Kanawha City area. Additional work will be done to facilities that feed off the backbone transmission line that runs from Poca to Cabin Creek.
The Public Service Commission of West Virginia (PSC) approved the project in January 2014. Construction is expected to start in November with an in-service date of spring 2017.
In January, 2014, the Public Service Commission of West Virginia granted approval for AEP West Virginia Transmission Company, an Appalachian Power affiliate, to construct the Kanawha Valley Transmission Reinforcement Project. Construction is scheduled to start in November with the clearing of trees and building of access roads.