The Tennessee Valley Authority will invest about $30 million to build a switching station and two 161 kV transmission lines to increase power reliability in Christian and Todd Counties in Kentucky.
The transmission lines will connect the substation, located on Commerce Park II Industrial Park property, south of John Rivers Road and north of Long Pond Road in Hopkinsville, to the power grid. While the Edgoten-Caskey transmission line will be nearby the switching station, the Paradise-Clarksville power line will start north of Old Trenton Road and continue in a westerly direction to the substation.
The new lines will be less than 10 miles and use double-pole, steel structures on the 100-foot-wide right of way. To accommodate the new switching station, TVA will acquire about 10 to 12 acres of land.
The power line project, expected to be constructed in fall 2025 and completed by spring 2026, is yet to receive approval from a National Environmental Policy Act.
TVA will meet property owners along the proposed right of way to receive easements for construction, operation, and maintenance of the lines, who would own the property and be compensated for the easements at the market value. Moreover, surveys are expected to commence in fall 2023, TVA will start acquiring easements in winter 2024-2025.
TVA is investing $2.8 billion in transmission system improvements across its service area and build about 3,800 MW of new generation, including combustion turbines, solar projects, combined-cycle natural gas, and energy storage through 2027.