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Central Virginia Transmission Reliability Project, US [free access]

March 6, 2020

Developer: Appalachian Power

 

Project details and status: Under the project, the developer plans to upgrade the power grid in Virginia by making improvements to the transmission infrastructure under the Central Virginia Transmission Reliability Project. This includes the company’s plans to provide a new electrical source to the region, increase reliability to customers, and support the retirement of aging infrastructure. Work for the project is expected to take place in Albemarle, Amherst, Appomattox, Campbell and Nelson counties.

 

The entire project has been divided into two components—Esmont–Scottsville, and Joshua Falls–Gladstone.

 

The Esmont–Scottsville component includes rebuilding approximately six miles (9.66 km) of existing transmission line and upgrading two substations in Albermarle County. Plans also include upgrades to the local distribution network. The company expects construction to begin in early 2024 and conclude at the end of the same year.

 

The Joshua Falls–Gladstone component includes construction of approximately 15 miles (24.15 km) of transmission line and improvements to four substations in Amherst, Appomattox, Campbell and Nelson counties. Construction for this component is expected to start in the summer of 2022 and last about a year.

 

In February 2020, Appalachian Power hosted two public meetings for the Joshua Falls–Gladstone portion of the Central Virginia Transmission Reliability Project.