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Appalachian Power to seek approval for Fieldale Ridgeway line rebuild [free access]

October 4, 2021

Appalachian Power—a unit of American Electric Power (AEP)—plans to submit an application to the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) to seek approval for the Fieldale Ridgeway Transmission Line Rebuild Project in Henry County, Georgia.


The project involves upgrading the 15-mile (24-km) Fieldale–Ridgeway line from a substation on Appalachian Drive in Fieldale to the Ridgeway substation on Old Mill Road near the Virginia–North Carolina border. The power line will be rebuilt in or near the existing right-of-way. As part of the project, Appalachian Power will also replace the deteriorating wooden poles with steel poles, and upgrade aging equipment that caused recent outages for customers south of Fieldale down to the Virginia–North Carolina border and east of Ridgeway towards Sandy Level.


The company’s officials plan to submit a project proposal to the Virginia SCC this fall. Representatives from the company said that they have prepared the application by looking at future land use, environmental consequences, and input from property owners during a virtual open house earlier this year.


If the project is approved, work is expected to begin in the fall of 2023 and end in the summer of 2025.