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TVA Identifies Preferred Route for Transmission Line

February 27, 2014

WOODLAND MILLS, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority has identified a preferred route for a new transmission line that would serve Gibson Electric Membership Corporation's new Woodland Mills Substation in Obion County.

The 4-mile transmission line and substation will enhance power reliability and provide power for industrial expansion in northwest Tennessee. The 161-kilovolt transmission line would connect the new substation to TVA's Union City-North Union City 161-kV transmission line near the North Union City 161-kV Substation.

The selected route is expected to have the least impact on the area, based on public input from an open house in November and additional evaluation of other factors, including social, 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. Existing right of way will be used for about 1.5 miles. The remaining 2.5 miles will require new right of way. Property owners would still own the property and be compensated for the easements at fair market value on the new right of way.

TVA is expected to begin surveys in spring 2014 and start acquiring easements in winter 2014-2015. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2015 and be completed that fall.

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.

Media Contact

Chris Stanley, Memphis, 901-577-2616
TVA Public Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000


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