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Paradise-Wilson 500-Kilovolt Transmission Line

Kentucky and Tennessee

In 2004, TVA received a request from Peabody Energy Corporation to connect Peabody’s proposed Thoroughbred Energy Campus, a power plant and mine complex in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, with the TVA transmission system.  The proposed connection would require TVA to construct a new 90-mile 500-kilovolt (kV) power line from the TVA Paradise Fossil Plant near Drakesboro, Kentucky, to a TVA substation near Lebanon, Tennessee.  Additionally, upgrades to TVA’s 52-mile Paradise-Montgomery 500-kV Transmission Line in Muhlenberg and Todd counties in Kentucky and in Montgomery County, Tennessee, would be necessary.  Upgrades to about 6 miles of TVA’s Wilson-Gladeville 161-kV Transmission Line in Wilson County, Tennessee, would also be required to accommodate the connection.

TVA planned to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the construction and operation of the proposed new transmission line as well as the proposed upgrades to the existing TVA transmission system.  A notice of intent to prepare the EIS appeared in the Federal Register on February 9, 2004.

Due to uncertainties about the construction of the proposed Thoroughbred Energy Campus, TVA has decided to suspend further action on the EIS indefinitely.

For more information, contact:

James F. Williamson Jr., Senior NEPA Specialist
NEPA Compliance
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 W. Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902-1401
Phone: 865-632-6418
Fax: 865-632-3451