Appalachian Power has filed an application with the Virginia State Corporation Commission to build an electric transmission project in parts of northern Campbell county and the southern part of the city of Lynchburg.
In its application, the company proposes to construct, own, operate and maintain the South Lynchburg Area Improvements 138kV transmission line project being built partly in northern Campbell county and partly in the southern part of the city of Lynchburg, Virginia.
The project calls for the construction of a new 138kV transmission line around 9.3 miles long between several existing substations (Brush Tavern, George Street and South Lynchburg) and one new substation (Lynbrook) to be constructed as part of the project.
Additionally, the project also involves making associated improvements at the existing substations including buswork, switches and related equipment.
The proposed project also calls for the retirement of the existing Lawyers Substation, which will be replaced by the new Lynbrook Substation being built nearby, and the existing 5.4 mile-long Lawyers Tap 69kV transmission line.
Expected to be operational by June 2017, the approximately $28m project will provide two-way transmission service to customers of the south Lynchburg area, representing a current load of around 65MVA that is likely to increase to more than 80MVA by 2017/2018 winter peak.
The project will improve the reliability and operational performance of the transmission and distribution system in south Lynchburg, and reduce projected heavy contingency loadings on the existing 138/69/34.5kV, 50MVA transformer at the South Lynchburg Substation.
The project will significantly contribute to the ongoing economic development within Campbell county and the city of Lynchburg.
GAI Consultants has been tasked to identify route alternatives for the project and select a route that reasonably minimizes adverse impact on environmental resources.