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Kelsey Road-Byrdstown 161-Kilovolt Transmission Line and Switching Station

Clinton and Wayne Counties, Kentucky and Pickett County, Tennessee

On January 31, 2011, TVA issued an environmental assessment (EA) and issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for its proposal to improve the existing power supply system in portions of Clinton and Wayne counties, Kentucky, and Pickett County, Tennessee, by constructing and operating approximately 15 miles of new 161-kilovolt (kV) transmission line and a new switching station.  The new transmission line and switching station would improve voltage and outage issues to the Byrdstown area by providing a reliable source of power to Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s new substation.

The proposed 100-foot-wide transmission line right-of-way would occupy approximately 182 acres.  The proposed TVA switching station would occupy approximately 5.5 acres and would connect to TVA’s existing Wolf Creek Hydroelectric Power Plant (HP)-Huntsville 161-kV Transmission Line.  In order to facilitate the operation of the new transmission line and switching station, TVA would also provide two manual switches and metering equipment at Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s planned substation.  Any TVA equipment at the existing Byrdstown 69-kV Substation and one structure within the Wolf Creek HP-Huntsville 161-kV Transmission Line would be retired. 

Additional information on the project is available including background information, maps, and a project schedule.


PDF files require Adobe Acrobat Reader

Finding of No Significant Impact (PDF, 1.0 mb)

Environmental Assessment (PDF, 1.7 mb)
Appendices to the Environmental Assessment

Appendix A (PDF, 5.8 mb)

Appendix B (PDF, 111 kb)
TVA Right-of Way Clearing Specifications

Appendix C (PDF, 111 kb)
TVA Environmental Quality Protection Specifications for Transmission, Substation, or Communications Construction

Appendix D (PDF, 103 kb)
TVA Transmission Construction Guidelines Near Streams

Appendix E (PDF, 114 kb)
TVA Site Clearing and Grading Specifications

Appendix F (PDF, 108 kb)
TVA Substation Lighting Guidelines

Appendix G (PDF, 113 kb)
TVA Environmental Protection Procedures Right-of-Way Vegetation Management Guidelines

Appendix H (PDF, 941 kb)
Stream Crossings Within the Proposed Byrdstown Project Area

Appendix I (PDF, 1.1 mb)
Phase 1 Cave Assessment and Photos

Appendix J (PDF, 4.6 mb)
Indiana Bat Survey Method and Results


For more information or to request an electronic or printed copy of these documents, contact:

Kelly R. Baxter, NEPA Specialist
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902-1499



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