West Batesville-North Oakland, Mississippi

Update - January 2015

TVA has identified the preferred route for a transmission line that would increase power reliability and allow for growth in the area served by Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association (EPA).    

TVA evaluated each route using social, engineering, and environmental factors. Information sources included available data, aerial photography, limited onsite reviews, public review and comment, and property owner input. Based on public input and evaluation, the preferred route is expected to have the least overall project impacts of the alternatives.

TVA’s new line will tie into the Batesville-West Batesville 161-kV Transmission Line at the West Batesville 161-kV Substation and continue south to Tallahatchie Valley EPA’s new substation and then northeast to the North Oakland Substation. The preferred route is a combination of route options 5 and 11 and consists of alternative segments 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 24, 27, and 31.   

The line would consist of steel pole structures and, after further considerations, all rights-of-way will be 100 feet wide.

The National Environmental Policy Act review is expected to be completed in spring 2017. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2018, and the project is scheduled to be complete in January 2020.

Background

TVA is considering improvements to its transmission system that will improve reliability to Tallahatchie Valley EPA and their customers.

Tallahatchie Valley EPA plans to build the West Charleston 161-kilovolt Substation. TVA is proposing to build about 40 miles of transmission line to power the new substation and provide more reliable power to the existing North Oakland Substation.

The Batesville-Charleston line and the Charleston-Oakland line would share right of way north of Charleston.

  • The Batesville-Charleston line would consist of about 20 miles of 161-kV single circuit line on a 100-foot right of way and 3-8 miles of double-circuit 161/230-kV line on a 150-foot right of way
  • The Charleston-Oakland line would consist of the 3-8 miles of double-circuit 161/230-kV on 150-foot right of way and 9-12 miles of single circuit 230-kV on 150-foot right of way. The line would be operated at 161-kV.

Thirty two alternate line segments are under consideration. The line would be built on steel pole structures.

TVA will hold an open houses on July 28-29, 2014 to provide information, answer questions and receive comments about the proposed transmission project.

The project is expected to be in service spring 2020. Construction is scheduled to begin winter 2018.

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 various stages. TVA is committed to working with area stakeholders to address concerns during the course of the project. Comments received during the comment period were used in reaching a decision on the proposed action.

 

 

Map

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.

                     

Preferred routes of proposed transmission line (PDF, 8.1 mb)

Possible routes of proposed transmission line (PDF, 3.7 mb)

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

Environmental reviews

A National Environmental Policy Act review has been 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. See the environmental document.

Efforts are made during the siting process to avoid or minimize impacts to floodplains and wetlands in accordance with Executive Orders 11988 and 11990. Floodplain and wetlands along with alternative routes are shown in the referenced map. The map illustrates how each alternative route avoids or impacts floodplains and wetlands. Because of project and topographic constraints and because of minimizing impacts to other social, environmental, and engineering resources, no practicable alternative may be available that would allow complete avoidance of impacts to floodplains and wetlands which may require mitigation for minimizing impacts. Also, best management practices would be utilized throughout the project to minimize adverse floodplain and wetland impacts. In compliance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, TVA will be coordinating wetland findings with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Project schedule

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

Open houses July 28-29, 2014
Comments accepted August 29, 2014
Determine preferred route for field surveys fall 2014
Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin spring 2015
Easement purchases are scheduled to begin summer 2015
Construction is scheduled to begin October 2018
Project in service January 2020

Contact

More information on this project can be obtained from:

Todd Moore

newtransline@tva.gov
(800) 362-4355
1101 Market Street, MR 4G
Chattanooga, TN 37402