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TVA Identifies Preferred Route for Transmission Line

June 17, 2014

SPENCER, Tenn. ― The Tennessee Valley Authority has identified a preferred route for a new transmission line that will provide for more reliable power and allow for industrial growth in Van Buren County, Tennessee.

The 4.75-mile transmission line will help improve power reliability and ensure that electric service remains plentiful and reliable. The 161-kilovolt transmission line would extend from the Watts Bar-Great Falls 161-kilovolt Transmission Line near Lamont-Yates Mountain Road.

The selected route is expected to have the least impact on the area, based on public input from an open house in January and additional evaluation of other factors, including social, environmental and engineering impacts. A National Environmental Policy Act review is also pending.

TVA will meet with property owners along the proposed right of way to obtain easements for construction, operation and maintenance of the line. The project will require new right of way. Property owners would still own the property and be compensated for the easements at fair market value.

TVA is expected to begin surveys in summer 2014 and start acquiring easements in spring 2015. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2016 and be completed by that summer.

A map of the project and additional information is available on the TVA website at

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.


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