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Appalachian Power plans transmission upgrades in Jackson and Kanawha counties

November 19, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Appalachian Power representatives and the utility’s affiliate, AEP West Virginia Transmission Co., Inc., plan upgrades to the electric transmission system serving customers in Kanawha and Jackson counties.

The Kenna Area Transmission Line Project involves building approximately 20 miles of electric transmission line. Plans also include building a substation and upgrading two substations in the area.

Several route options are under evaluation for the new transmission line. The proposed upgrades begin at the Ripley Substation located off Klondyke Road in Ripley. The route options continue southeast, traveling a similar direction as Interstate 77 for approximately 20 miles. The proposed upgrades end at the Sisson Substation located near Interstate 77 in Sissonville. Company representatives propose building the new Kenna Substation near the intersection of WV-34 and Interstate 77 in Kenna.

“A new power line will increase electric reliability for our customers and reduce the likelihood of power outages,” said George Porter, Appalachian Power spokesperson. “The proposed Kenna Substation will also strengthen the local power grid by bringing an additional power source to the area.”

Company representatives invite landowners to a virtual open house at AppalachianPower.com/Kenna to learn more about the project and provide feedback to the project team. Hosting the open house online complies with the social distancing recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Landowners within the project area can expect to receive a packet in the mail that includes additional project details and a comment card they can return with their feedback.

The team plans to use input from the virtual open house, the comment cards and additional field work to determine a power line route that minimizes impact on the community and environment. Company representatives expect construction to begin in Fall 2021 and conclude by Fall 2023.

Visit the website for additional information about the project.

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