Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Companies Announce Electric Grid Expansion

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Companies Announce Electric Grid Expansion

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Energy companies announced this week they plan to spend $75 million on electric grid expansion in parts of Kanawha and Roane counties. Transource Energy, an affiliate of American Electric Power headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, will construct and own the transmission line and key substations that will serve as the anchor of the project, according to a news release from the company.

The Clendenin-Walton Area Improvements Project includes construction of about 25 miles of transmission line, three new substations and upgrades to other transmission facilities.

Construction is expected to start in 2017 and be completed by mid- 2019.

The company says the project will help meet an increase in electric demand and ensure continued reliable service.

PJM Interconnection, an organization charegd with monitoring the electric grid in 13 states, identified the need for the project in 2014 and awarded the project to Transource in 2015. The Public Service Commission of West Virginia granted approval to construct the project in June. …

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