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Spencer, Tennessee

Power Supply Upgrade

TVA is considering improvements to the transmission system in the Spencer, Tennessee area.

image of transmission towerNew transmission facilities are needed to replace outdated equipment and provide for growing load in the area. Caney Fork EC plans to build a new substation. TVA would build a transmission line to provide power to the substation.

TVA will hold an open house on January 23, 2014 to provide information, answer questions and accept comments about the proposed transmission line.

The proposed project consists of four to five miles of new transmission line. The line would extend south from TVA's existing Watts Bar Hydro-Great Falls 161,000 volt line.

TVA is considering 15 alternative routes. The line would be built on steel pole structures centered on a 100-foot right-of-way.

The project is expected to be in service June 2016. Construction would begin early spring 2016.

Dates are subject to change. During projects of this magnitude, unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.

Public involvement

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 will hold an open house to discuss the proposed transmission line project. Details are as follows:

Thursday, January 23, 2014
3:00 - 7:00 p.m. CST
Spencer Civic Center
(Old Burritt College Building),
445 College Street
Spencer, TN

TVA representatives will be available at the open house to provide information, answer questions and receive comments. Large maps showing the alternative transmission line routes under consideration will be available.

TVA is interested in receiving comments on the potential of the proposed action to affect the environment or historic properties and would like to identify any other issues associated with this proposal. Any comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and will be available for public inspection.

If you have special needs, please contact Tanya Adams at least five days prior to the meeting toll-free at (800) 362-4355.

If you cannot attend the meeting but have questions or comments, contact Jim Poston. All written comments on this proposed action should be sent to TVA no later than February 24, 2014.


The map shows the network of alternative routes TVA is considering for the proposed transmission line. The map is also available below as a PDF file.


Possible routes of proposed transmission line (PDF, X kb)

If you have questions or need help understanding the map, please contact TVA.

Environmental reviews

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.

Project schedule

Open house January 23, 2014
Comments accepted through February 24, 2014
Determine preferred route for field surveys Spring 2014
Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin Spring 2014
Easement purchases are scheduled to begin Spring 2015
Construction is scheduled to begin Spring 2016
Project in service June 2016



More information on this project can be obtained from:

Jim Poston

1101 Market Street, MR 4G
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2801

(800) 362-4355 (toll-free)

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