The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has identified a preferred route for a new transmission line that would diversify the power flow to increase power reliability in the Memphis metro area. The Tennessee Valley Authority says it has a route for a transmission line that would send power from Mississippi to Tennessee, which it says will create more energy reliability in Memphis
The utility is doling out over $62 million in transmission projects in the area in addition to the $1 billion investment in the Allen Combined Cycle Plant. TVA continues to invest in the Memphis area to deliver reliable power to the region’s electric system to support economic and community development efforts and lower electric rates.
TVA proposes to build 2.7 miles of transmission line to provide power to the existing Freeport substation on East Windsor Road in Memphis. The new line would begin at TVA’s existing Allen Fossil Plant-Horn Lake 161-kilovolt transmission line near the Tennessee/Mississippi line and extend east to the Freeport substation.
The selected route is expected to have the least impact on the area, based on public input from the open house and additional evaluation of other factors, including social, environmental and engineering impacts. A National Environmental Policy Act review is also pending.
The project will require new right of way. TVA said they are committed to working with area stakeholders during the course of the project. TVA will meet with property owners along the proposed right of way to obtain easements for construction, operation and maintenance of the line. Property owners would still own the property and be compensated for the easements at fair market value.
Surveys are expected to commence in fall 2019 and start acquiring easements in fall 2020. Construction is scheduled to ramp up in spring 2022 and be finished in winter 2022-2023.
TVA is the nation’s largest public utility, providing power to more than 10 million people in parts of seven Southern states.
A map of the project and additional information are available on the TVA website.