TVA Transmission Invests in Bright Futures

TVA is investing $2.2 billion in Valley-wide transmission system improvements over the next five years to continue our mission of providing low cost, reliable power. This effort includes three projects in local areas—from Tennessee to Kentucky—that will provide power for growing demand and increased reliability. 


TVA is working with stakeholders in the Clarksville, Tennessee, area on a location for 5.5 miles of new line that would power Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation’s rebuilt Shady Grove Substation. An open house is scheduled for May 16. Public comments are being accepted through June 17, 2019.  

“We seek public input at all stages of new transmission projects,” said Cherie Minghini, manager, Transmission Siting. “TVA cares about each community and is working to provide information and address concerns. The input we gather at each open house impacts decisions on a proposed project.”  

In December 2018, TVA held an open house near Kenlake, Kentucky, and received comments to help determine a preferred route for approximately nine miles of line that would power a new West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation substation.  

In Dayton, Tennessee, TVA held an open house in September 2018, and is announcing a preferred route for 12 miles of new line from the Sequoyah-Watts Bar Hydro Plant transmission line to TVA’s North Dayton 161-kilovolt switching station. 

“Preferred routes are selected based on public input from an open house,” said Minghini. “TVA also evaluates social, environmental and engineering impacts.”  

In addition to pending National Environmental Policy Act reviews, TVA will meet with property owners along the proposed right-of way to obtain easements for construction, operation and maintenance of each line. Property owners still own their property and are compensated for the new easements at fair market value. 

Additional information and maps of the projects are available at