Oak Grove, Kentucky
Power Supply Upgrade
Update – July 2011
TVA has evaluated alternative routes for a new transmission line to help provide continued reliable power in the south Christian County area.
Based on public input, TVA has identified a modified version of alternative route segments as the preferred route, as shown on the preferred route map below. The line would begin at alternative tap point #3 on TVA's existing Edgoten-Casky 161-kilovolt tap line. The route follows the existing right of way north for about 1500 feet, then turns west towards Highway 41, mostly following farm and property boundaries until it crosses the railroad. There the route turns south for about 1200 feet and ends at the substation.
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 comment, and property owners’ input.
The preferred route is about 4.75 miles long and is expected to have the least overall impact of the alternatives. In keeping with TVA's environmental stewardship, an appropriate National Environmental Policy Act review will be conducted.
The line would be built on steel poles on a 100-foot right of way.
Eleven property owners (17 property tracts) would be affected.
Construction is scheduled to begin fall of 2013 with the news facilities in service the winter of 2013-14.
Background – March 2011
TVA is considering improvements to the transmission system near Oak Grove, Kentucky, located south of Hopkinsville, between Fort Campbell and Pembroke, Kentucky. The improvements will provide continued reliable power to the area.
Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation’s demand on the TVA Edgoten Substation is expected to exceed the available capacity of the transformer bank by winter 2014. TVA proposes to serve their new Salem Church Substation from a different source, thereby relieving load on the Edgoten Substation.
TVA held an open house on March 24, 2011 to provide information, answer questions and accept comments about the proposed project.
The proposed project consists of about 4.5 miles of new transmission line to power Pennyrile Rural ECC’s proposed Salem Church Substation. TVA would power the substation with a new single-circuit 161-kilovolt transmission line, which would extend from the existing Edgoten-Casky 161-kV line west towards Highway 41 to the new Salem Church Substation, located on Elmo Road near the CSX Railroad.
Several alternative routes from a network of twelve alternative line segments will be presented at the open house. Some of the alternative segments use existing right-of-way.
The transmission line would consist of a single-circuit line and steel structures on a 100-foot right-of-way.
The project is scheduled to be completed winter of 2013-2014.
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. The open house was held Thursday, March 24, 2011 at the Pembroke Elementary School gymnasium in Pembroke, Kentucky. 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.
Preferred Route Map (PDF, 360 kb)
The map shows the network of alternative routes TVA is considering for the proposed transmission line.
Alternative Routes Map (PDF, 273 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: March 24, 2011
Comments accepted: through April 25, 2011
Determine preferred route for field surveys: summer 2011
Begin contacting property owners for permission to survey: summer-fall 2011
Begin construction: fall 2013
Project in service: winter 2013-2014
Benefits of planting native shrubs and grasses in utility rights-of-way.
- Landscaping with native shrubs (PDF file, 879 kb)
- Landscaping with native grasses (PDF file, 644 kb)