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Appalachian Power announces open house to share plans for transmission system upgrades in Huntington
Appalachian Power, along with its affiliate, West Virginia Transmission Company, plans to improve its existing transmission grid to ensure continued reliable electric service to customers in Huntington. The Huntington Area Improvements Project is a $25 million investment that includes building about three miles of single circuit 138-kilovolt (kV) transmission line and upgrading existing substations to relieve stress on the existing transmission system and reduce the likelihood of extended power outages.
"Appalachian Power's priority is providing customers with reliable and affordable electric service," said Phil Moye, corporate communications manager for Appalachian Power. "Adding this new line allows us to proactively put our transmission system in the best position to handle potential power outages."
Appalachian Power's preliminary study segments start at its existing substation at the corner of 18th Street and Second Avenue. Potential routes travel east between Second and Eighth Avenue before crossing over Route 60 and connecting with another substation in Guyandotte.
The company will host an open house later this month to provide the community and affected landowners with details of preliminary study segments. The open house is scheduled for 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, at Huntington High School, 1 Highlander Way. Visitors may come any time during the open house to learn project details, view maps of proposed routes and speak with project team members.
"We have a good set of preliminary study segments for this project," Moye said. "The open house provides us an opportunity to vet what we have with customers directly and gather valuable information that helps in determining the best route."
Construction is expected to begin in 2018 and be complete by summer 2019. The project will bring Huntington estimated annual tax revenue of about $450,000.
Additional information about the project, including maps, a timeline and updates can be found at www.appalachianpower.com/huntington.
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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