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American Electric Power and Allegheny Energy have announced that an application was filed seeking authorization to build a proposed electric transmission line in West Virginia.

The Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline (PATH) consists of a 765 kV transmission line extending nearly 280 miles from the Amos Substation in Putnam County, W.Va., to the proposed Kemptown Substation in Frederick County, Md. The project also includes an additional substation, Welton Spring, in Hardy County, W. Va.

The filing, with the West Virginia Public Service Commission, marks the beginning of the state regulatory review for the project, which is expected to last approximately one year. Similar filings for the project will occur in Maryland and Virginia.

"We understand the concerns about the impact of transmission lines and will work with the states and landowners to address concerns," says Michael G. Morris, AEP chairman, president and CEO. "But it is critical that we reinforce the transmission infrastructure to ensure we can continue to supply reliable electrical service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year."

PJM Interconnection, the regional grid operator directing the construction of PATH, has determined that the project is critical to addressing regional reliability concerns. PJM's latest analysis confirms that significant reliability problems could result in blackouts and brownouts in the region, beginning in 2014, if PATH is not completed.

SOURCES: Allegheny Energy, American Electric Power


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