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The plan calls for a facility to be built near the intersection of U.S. 220 and Interstate 81 in southern Botetourt County.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Appalachian Power Co. is seeking state approval for a $237 million expansion of a cluster of substations and power lines in Cloverdale.
First announced in January, the project will enable the utility to better handle the growing electricity load it delivers to Southwest Virginia.
On Thursday, Appalachian filed an application for approval with the State Corporation Commission.
If approved by the SCC, plans call for a 500-kilovolt, 22-acre substation to be built on property already owned by Appalachian near the intersection of U.S. 220 and Interstate 81 in southern Botetourt County, not far from an existing, two-part substation.
There is no timeline on when the SCC might act, Appalachian spokesman Todd Burns said. It would take about three years to complete the project.
Because the cost would be shared by a multi state region the project would serve, the impact would likely be “far less” than a 1 percent rate increase for the utility’s Virginia customers, Appalachian officials have said.
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