Power Supply Upgrade
Update - April 2010
Following the receipt of public input, TVA has evaluated a network of eight alternative line segments for improvements that provide continued reliable power to the growing area by reducing demand on equipment that is near overload.
Based on these evaluations, TVA has identified alternative route segments 4, 6 and 8 as shown on the preferred route map below. The line would begin at TVA’s existing Shelby-Covington #1 161-kV line, traveling west for about 6.5 miles, and then turning north towards the new substation site in Burlison.
The same considerations — environmental, land-use, engineering, and cultural — were used to assess each alternative. The reviews were based on available data, aerial photography, onsite reviews, public review and comment, and property owners’ input.
The preferred route is about 7 miles long. The route is expected to have the least overall impact of the alternatives. In keeping with TVA’s environmental stewardship, appropriate National Environmental Policy Act review will be conducted.
The line would be built on steel poles on a 100-foot right-of-way.
About 26 property owners and 36 property tracts would be affected.
The project is scheduled to be completed in June 2012.
Background – January 2010
TVA is considering improvements to the transmission system in Tipton County, Tennessee. The improvements will relieve overloaded equipment and provide reliable power to Southwest Tennessee EMC’s customers in the Burlison, Tennessee area.
TVA will hold an open house on January 21 to provide information, answer questions and accept comments about the proposed project.
The proposed project consists of about seven miles of new transmission line to power Southwest Tennessee EMC’s new 161-kilovolt substation. The line would extend northwest from TVA’s existing Shelby-Covington #1 161-kV line to the proposed Burlison Substation, located near the intersection of Highway 59 and Garland Drive in Burlison.
Several alternative routes from a network of eight alternative line segments and three tap point locations will be presented at the open house.
The transmission lines would consist of steel pole structures on a 100-foot right-of-way.
The project is scheduled to be completed by June 2012.
TVA’s process for siting new transmission projects is designed to allow public input at all stages. TVA is committed to working with area stakeholders to address concerns during the course of the project. Comments received during the comment period will be used in reaching a decision on the proposed action.
TVA held an open house to discuss the proposed transmission line project on Thursday, January 21, 2010, in Covington, Tennessee. TVA representatives were available to provide information and answer questions. Large maps showing the alternative transmission line routes under consideration were available. A 30-day comment period followed.
The map is a PDF file requiring Adobe Acrobat Reader. Use the zoom tool to view details of the map and allow time for it to reload. If you have questions or need help understanding the map, please contact TVA.
The map shows the preferred route TVA is considering for the proposed transmission line.
Map (PDF, 561 kb)
The map shows the network of alternative routes TVA is considering for the proposed transmission line.
Map (PDF, 536 kb)
The appropriate National Environmental Policy Act review will be conducted to ensure that the environmental impacts are minimized. TVA attempts to minimize any land requirements, private property impacts, and environmental impacts associated with this project.
Open house: January 21, 2010
Comments accepted: through February 22, 2010
Determine preferred route for field surveys: spring 2010
Begin contacting property owners for permission to survey: May 2010
Begin construction: spring 2012
Project in service: June 2012
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