Transource® and its American Electric Power affiliate Appalachian Power, plan to increase local and regional reliability by investing $75 million in West Virginia’s transmission grid.
The Clendenin – Walton Area Improvements Project consists of building about 25 miles of 138-kilovolt transmission line, three substations and making upgrades to other transmission facilities in Roane and Kanawha counties.
Transource® is developing the Independence Energy Connection (IEC) project, a new overhead electric transmission project to increase consumer access to more affordable power in the region.
The electric transmission project will be built in two segments, East and West, totaling approximately 45 miles of transmission line in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The project also includes construction of two new substations in Pennsylvania and upgrades to two existing substations in Maryland.
PJM Interconnection, the regional transmission organization responsible for managing the high-voltage electricity grid for 13 states, including Maryland and Pennsylvania, identified concerns with the delivery of electricity into the region and reviewed solution proposals from competitive transmission companies. PJM selected Transource’s solution to address the market-efficiency issues and awarded construction of the project to the company in August 2016.
Transource hosted two rounds of open house meetings during summer 2017 and presented hundreds of miles of route options for public input.
Transource worked to balance input with a variety of factors such as existing land use, sensitive species and habitats, soils and topography, historic and cultural resources, and the opportunity to parallel existing infrastructure.
The proposed routes were announced in October 2017 and are part of applications to construct the project filed with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and Maryland Public Service Commission in December 2017.
Both regulatory bodies will conduct thorough reviews of PJM Interconnection’s assessment of the need for this project, take additional public comment, and review the proposed route and siting of the needed infrastructure.
Construction of the IEC is expected to begin in 2019, with a project in-service date of mid-2020.