Power grid upgrades for McDowell County

Local - 2/11/2014 4:20 PM by Stuart Hammer

BECKLEY – Appalachian Power announces an $80 million upgrade to the electric grid that serves southern West Virginia.

Representatives say the project in McDowell County will ensure adequate and reliable local electric service, and also provide for economic growth.

The project includes the retirement and removal of two existing substations, the construction of three new substations, and associated improvements at other existing sites.

The project is expected to be completed in 2017, pending approval by the Public Service Commission.

Communications Director at AEP, Jeri Matheney, says the system in McDowell Co. is due for these upgrades.

“(It is) kind of an old system in West Virginia, a lot of the transmission lines were built many years ago, so they need shoring up; making sure that we can continue to serve customers well.”

An informational workshop on the project is set for February 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Southside Middle School in War for anyone to come and ask questions or voice concerns.


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