Appalachian Power to host virtual open houses for power grid upgrades in Central Virginia

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Appalachian Power representatives will host virtual open houses for the Central Virginia Transmission Reliability Project, an investment to upgrade the electric transmission network serving customers in Central Virginia.

The project would provide a new electrical source for the region, which would increase reliability for customers and support the retirement of aging equipment. The project is comprised of several phases over the next few years in five Central Virginia counties.

Virtual open houses are available at for the following phases of the project:

  • Amherst – Reusens phase: Involves rebuilding approximately 12 miles of transmission line and expanding two substations in Amherst County and the city of Lynchburg.
  • Shipman-Schuyler phase: Involves building two substations and less than a quarter of a mile of transmission line in Nelson County. Construction of the new substations allows crews to retire two substations.
  • Esmont – Scottsville phase: Involves rebuilding approximately 6 miles of transmission line and upgrading two substations in Albemarle County. Plans also include upgrades to the local distribution network.

Appalachian Power representatives invite landowners to the virtual open houses to learn more about each phase and provide feedback to the project team by September 7.

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

Appalachian Power officials in October 2019 announced the first phase of the Central Virginia Transmission Reliability Project, the Joshua Falls – Gladstone phase. This phase involves building approximately 15 miles of transmission line and updating four substations in Amherst, Appomattox, Campbell and Nelson counties. Company representatives hosted community open houses for this phase in November 2019 and February 2020.

Appalachian Power officials plan to seek local approval from Albemarle County for the Esmont – Scottsville phase, and State Corporation Commission approval for the Amherst – Reusens, Shipman-Schuyler and Joshua Falls-Gladstone phases this winter. If the project receives approval, company representatives expect construction to begin in late 2022.

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