The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking for public input regarding local upgrades to its transmission system near Philadelphia, Mississippi, which involves the construction of two new transmission lines to support electrical reliability in the area.
“Our goal is to provide reliable, clean and low-cost electricity to consumers in Neshoba County,” says Kim Choate, TVA Manager Transmission. “Public input is important because we want to make sure we are selecting the best possible route for the transmission lines.”
Over 25 alternate line routes are under consideration to service Central Electric Cooperative Association’s substations in Longino, Miss., and Sandtown Miss. In total the project will entail building seven to eight miles of transmission line on steel pole structures on 100-foot-wide right of way at a cost of about $6 million. TVA says they can complete the construction of both lines by March 2021.
"Central Electric is proud to be able to upgrade the service to its members served from the Longino Substation,” says Central Electric Power Association (CEPA) General Manager Paul D. Long. “The Longino Substation has been in service for many years operating at a delivery voltage from TVA at 46kV. TVA and CEPA have both agreed the need to upgrade the delivery voltage to 161kV. This upgrade will increase the reliability and service to all the customers in the Fork Road, River Road, Arlington, Burnside, Stallo, Longino, Hwy.21 N. and other areas.”
CEPA will also be constructing a new substation in the Sandtown area. The Sandtown Substation will increase the reliability and service in the Sandtown, Bogue Chitto and the eastern area of Neshoba County. The Sandtown Substation will improve power reliability because it will act as a backup to the Longino, Bloomo and Philadelphia substations.