TVA Identifies Preferred Route for Byrdstown Transmission Line
Nov. 18, 2009
BYRDSTOWN, Tenn. — TVA has identified preferred locations for transmission system improvements that are needed to improve the reliability of power in the area.
A proposed 15-mile transmission line would connect TVA’s Huntsville-Wolf Creek 161-kilovolt line to Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s proposed upgraded substation southeast of Byrdstown.
The proposed transmission line route is expected to have the fewest overall impacts of the alternative routes that were studied. The proposed route segments for the line affect 65 property owners and 77 parcels of land. The preferred route consists of alternative line segments 1, 3 and 7 as shown on the map that is available along with additional information at www.tva.gov/power/projects/index.htm.
TVA will meet with property owners along the proposed new right-of-way to obtain 100-foot-wide easements for construction, operation and maintenance of the line. Property owners will be compensated for easements at fair market value and continue to own the property.
TVA is expected to begin acquiring easements for the transmission right-of-way in 2011. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2011 with project completion scheduled for December 2011.
TVA held an open house in July 2009 to answer questions and receive comments on the proposed project. More than 170 people attended the open house.
TVA’s decision on the preferred route follows receipt and evaluation of public input on alternative route segments for the transmission line. TVA’s objective in determining a route is to select the best overall path, weighing environmental, land use, engineering, cultural, and cost considerations to ensure that overall project impacts, as well as impacts to the community at large, are minimized.
TVA is the nation’s largest public power provider and is completely self-financing. TVA provides power to large industries and 158 power distributors that serve approximately 9 million consumers in seven southeastern states. TVA also creates economic development opportunities and manages the Tennessee River and its tributaries to provide multiple benefits, including flood damage reduction, navigation, water quality and recreation.
Myra Ireland, Chattanooga, (423) 751-7153 or 413-5971
TVA News Bureau, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000