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 $335 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. Project is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Residents in the Brookhaven Subdivision in Cross Lanes may see momentary traffic delays from February 29 - March 14 while crews work to install wire on transmission towers. Electric service will not be interrupted during this time.