7/11/2018
Open house scheduled for proposed power grid improvements benefiting Appalachian Power customers in southwest Virginia


ROANOKE, Va., July 11, 2018 – Appalachian Power will host an open house next month to seek public input on proposed electric upgrades in southwest Virginia.

The estimated $40-million Glendale Area Improvements Project is designed to strengthen the transmission system in Carroll and Wythe counties. The improvements will reduce the likelihood of power outages during high demand periods.

The project will include construction of 3 miles of transmission line and a substation, and removal of other transmission lines and an existing substation.

The project is a result of PJM Interconnection’s 2021 Winter Analysis. PJM is the independent regional transmission organization that manages the electric grid in 13 states, including Virginia.

“Appalachian Power has a responsibility to provide our customers with continued reliable electric service at an affordable price,” said Amanda Cox, an external affairs manager for the utility. “The work we are proposing with this project will bolster our transmission system to make sure that it can handle customer power needs during extreme winter weather.”

Appalachian Power will seek input during a public open house to determine the best route for the new line. The project area includes the proposed substation site off Glendale Road and study segments that cross Creekview Drive and continue for about a mile before connecting to an existing transmission line.

The event will occur 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 2. It will take place at Galax High School on 200 Maroon Tide Dr. in Galax. There will be no formal presentation, so open house attendees may join the two-hour meeting at any time. Participants can learn about the project specifics, ask questions, view maps, and submit suggestions.

“Open houses are vital to our process of determining a proposed line route,” said Cox. “We want to talk with as many landowners and community members to help guide our decision-making.”

Input from the open house, on-line submissions, and additional field work will determine a route that minimizes impact on the community and environment.

Later this year, Appalachian will file an application with the Virginia State Corporation Commission seeking approval for the project. If approved, construction is expected to start in early 2020 and be complete by the summer of 2021.

Once complete, the company will remove the Cliffview Substation on Deer Haven Road in Galax and retire 14 miles of transmission line in Carroll and Wythe counties. This project also includes removing a substation in Wythe County and adding upgrades at other substations in Carroll, Grayson and Wythe counties. Additional information about the project, including maps, a timeline and updates are available at www.AppalachianPower.com/Glendale.

Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power). It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 224,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 26,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP supplies 3,200 megawatts of renewable energy to customers.

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John Shepelwich
jeshepelwich@aep.com

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