TVA Identifies Preferred Route for Transmission Line
February 1, 2012
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. ― The Tennessee Valley Authority has identified a preferred route for a new transmission line that would serve Huntsville Utilities’ expanded Charity Lane Substation at the intersection of Charity Lane and Highway 231.
The 13.5-mile transmission line and substation will help maintain reliable power to the growing area. The 161-kilovolt transmission line would connect to the expanded substation from TVA’s existing 500-kilovolt Madison Substation.
The selected route is expected to have the least impact on the area, based on public input from an open house in September and additional evaluation of other factors, including cost, engineering and environmental 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. TVA proposes to acquire a 100-foot easement for most of the line. About 2 miles of line would be built along an existing right-of-way, but additional easements would be needed to widen part of it. The remaining 12 miles would use the new right-of-way. Property owners will be compensated for the easements at fair market value and will retain ownership.
TVA is expected to begin surveys in May 2012 and start acquiring easements in June 2013. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2014 and be completed by the end of that year.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.
Myra Ireland, Chattanooga, (423) 413-5971
TVA Media Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000