Stuart AreaImprovements Project

Appalachian Power plans to upgrade the power grid in Virginia by making improvements to the transmission infrastructure. The Stuart Area Improvements Project provides a new electrical source to the region and increases reliability to customers. Work for the project is expected to happen in phases over the next several years in Carroll, Floyd, Franklin, Henry and Patrick counties. For more information about the project components please click the links below.

Company officials submitted an application to the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) in July 2023.

Phases of the project pending approval from the Virginia State Corporation Commission:

Stuart - Bassett

Stuart - Floyd

Stuart - Willis Gap

Project Updates

08/04/23: The project team submitted an application to the Virginia State Corporation Commission, on July 20, 2023. If the SCC approves the project, Appalachian Power representatives will move forward with the project and landowners along the power line route will be contacted to discuss next steps.

The Application to the Virginia State Corporation Commission section below contains additional details.

06/23/23: Appalachian Power representatives are preparing to file the project with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) to seek approval for the upgrades. Landowners in the project area will be notified via mail once the application is submitted.

09/29/22: Appalachian Power representatives have determined a proposed power line route and plan to submit an application to the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) in early 2023 seeking approval for the upgrades. Appalachian Power’s right-of-way team is committed to working with affected landowners throughout the easement acquisition and construction process.

01/31/22: Appalachian Power representatives are still working to determine a proposed line route for the Stuart – Willis Gap Transmission Line Project. The project team is reviewing feedback from the open houses held last fall and is conducting field visits.

10/28/2021: Please click on this link to view a recording of a virtual town hall event that took place October 28 for the Stuart Area Improvements Project: Live Virtual Town Hall

10/06/2021: Appalachian Power invites community members and landowners in the project area to learn more at a pair of upcoming open houses.

  • Wednesday, October 20, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Stuart Rotary Field (Hooker Building), 420 Woodland Drive, Stuart, VA 24171
  • Thursday, October 21, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Ararat Ruritan Club, 4711 Ararat Highway, Ararat, VA 24053

Project Releases

Virginia State Corporation Commission Approval Process

Application to the Virginia State Corporation Commission

Fact Sheets


Project Fact Sheet Project Map Access Roads Field Activities

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

Cortney Mustard

Project Outreach Specialist, Sr.

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