CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Appalachian Power says an affiliate will ask West Virginia regulators for approval to make more than $337 million in upgrades in the state.
The utility says the upgrades are needed because upcoming power plant retirements in the Kanawha and Ohio valleys as early as 2015 will change the way power flows on the transmission grid. Appalachian Power president Charles Patton says the upgrades will meet the immediate need to strengthen the grid and position the region for future growth.
The projects include rebuilding about 52 miles of transmission lines and upgrading substations. Once preliminary field work is done, Appalachian Power affiliate AEP West Virginia Transmission Co. will seek Public Service Commission approval to begin construction. That work is expected to begin this fall and be finished in 2017.