Independence Area ProjectSubstation Upgrades

Appalachian Power representatives plan upgrades to the electric transmission system in the town of Independence.

The Independence Area Project: Substation Upgrades involves building a substation, relocating a transmission line into the substation. These upgrades support future plans to bring an additional electrical source to the area. Plans also include repurposing the existing Independence Substation to provide internet access as part of the broadband pilot program with Grayson County.

Company representatives plan to apply for a Conditional Use Permit this winter from the town of Independence. This permit authorizes Appalachian Power representatives to build the new Point Lookout Substation.

Project Updates

08/02/23: Company representatives are completing environmental studies and working with impacted landowners. Construction is expected to begin summer 2024.

03/16/21: Project representatives encourage landowners to submit their feedback about the project by April 19, 2021. To provide comments on how this project affects your property or ask questions, use the contact form below or call 833-313-3743


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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.


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Appalachian Power serves approximately 1 million customers in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee.

Cortney Mustard

Project Outreach Specialist, Sr.

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