(12/08/2016)
Transource Energy, an affiliate of American Electric Power Company, will reveal more about plans for a new 138kv transmission line across parts of Kanawha and Roane County during a Thursday evening community meeting. The company will construct the new 25 mile line from Clendenin in Kanawha County through the Walton area of Roane County and ending near the Calhoun County border.

"PJM, the regional transmission organization, identified needs in 13 states including West Virginia in a comprehensive plan," said George Porter, the Project Outreach Specialist. "We bid on the project, received it and started to come up with a solution to alleviate the stress on the transmission grid in the area."

The solution is a new transmission line with three new substations along the route. However, where the route will go through the area is still not set in stone. Porter said that's why they're asking for the public to come out and take a look.

"We definitely want to minimize impact as much as possible," he said. "We invite the public to look at our project and preliminary study segments. We want them to give us feedback and let us know what they think. That always helps us determine a better line route."

The open house is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Walton Elementary/Middle School. It's the only public hearing scheduled, but Porter said additional hearings may be scheduled if there is a need.

The proposed time line for the project is to begin construction in 2017 and have the new line and substations completed by mid-2019.


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