TVA asks for comments on proposed power line project

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:17 PM

The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking the public for input about a transmission line project that would provide additional power for growing industrial load in Wilson County.

TVA is proposing to build six to eight miles of 161-kilovolt transmission line. The line would extend south from TVA’s existing Lebanon-Murfreesboro 161-kilovolt line or west from TVA’s Wilson-Lebanon 161-kilovolt line to a new Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp. new substation, to be built at the northeast corner of the Vesta Road/Couchville Pike and State Route 840 interchange.

TVA is considering several alternate routes. The line would be built on steel pole structures centered on a 100-foot right of way.

TVA officials said public input is encouraged, beginning with an open house Sept.12 from

3-7 p.m. at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park Assembly Hall at 328 Cedar

Forest Road in Lebanon.

Detailed maps showing the different locations for the proposed power line will be available. TVA staff will answer questions, discuss concerns and receive comments. More information is available at tva.com/transmissionprojects.

To submit comments, contact Chris Columber at 800-362-4355, by e-mail at newtransline@tva.com or by mail to Chris Columber, Tennessee Valley Authority, 1101 Market St., MR 4G, Chattanooga, TN, 37402-2801. The deadline for comments is Oct. 11.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a U.S. corporate agency that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.

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