CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Appalachian Power Company announced Monday it hopes to do $80 million of upgrades to its electrical system in McDowell County.

The company plans public meetings along with making a request to the state Public Service Commission for project approval.

Appalachian Power said it hopes to complete work by 2017.

(See project plans here.)

The proposed improvements include: retirement and removal of 35 miles of existing 88-kilovolt (kV) transmission line; retirement and removal of two existing substations; construction of three new substations; associated improvements at other existing substations; and rebuilding of approximately 17 miles of  an existing (34.5 kV to 88kV) transmission line to 138 kV. Existing wood H-frame tower structures will be replaced with steel H-frame structures that are taller and sturdier.

The company said it already has easements for most of the project but some will need updating.

An informational workshop is scheduled for Feb. 27 at Southside Middle School in War beginning at 5 p.m.


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  • George

    Hopefully they will not say they need a rate increase to complete the project.

  • Frank & Helen Tsutras

    I pray that APC's additional investment of $80 MILLION DOLLARS will create many direct and indirest jobs for the people of McDowell County-----and strengthen the economy in that area of West Virginia.
    There are many good people in McDowell County who definitely need such aconomic stimulus. I pray that APC will work with local people to make it happen.
    Frank G Tsutras, 6264 Glenwilton Lane, Williamsburg, VA. Congressional Staff Member, Retired. Hometown, Williamson, Mingo County.

    • Aaron

      The best economic stimulus for McDowell County would be completion of the King Coal Highway and the Coalfields Expressway. The only thing that is going to open up southern WV is infrastructure.

      When the trip from Pound to Beckley can be cut in third or to Williamson to Bluefield can be halved, only then will businesses locate to places like Welch, Iager, Man and the other locations that need employment.

      This investment is needed though as new businesses will need state a reliable grid.

      • wvrefugee

        Only when the word "coal" is removed from MacDowell Co. will the area grow! Thanks to "King" Coal, this area is a sewer!