Appalachian Power Plans Upgrade in McDowell

Feb 10, 2014

Appalachian Power is planning an $80 million upgrade to its service in southern West Virginia.

The company plans to remove 35 miles of existing 88 kilo-volt transmission line as well as two substations.

Plans call for making improvements to some existing substations, rebuilding and upgrading about 17 miles of an existing transmission line and replacing wood tower structures with steel towers.

A news release says Appalachian Power will have to update or supplement some property easements in order to complete the project, which the company says will ensure adequate and reliable electric service to the area and provide for economic growth.

A public workshop is planned for Feb. 27, 2014 from 5-8 p.m. at Southside Middle School in War, W.Va.