He also said the work will consolidate some lines and tower sites.
In some locations, the system uses parallel transmission lines to carry power. The new towers will allow the company to run one set of lines on the top part of the tower and a second set below.
The combination will result in fewer towers across Kanawha County.
"The net result is that in that area from Institute to Cabin Creek, we're going to be installing somewhere between 85 to 90 towers, but we'll be taking down 200 towers," Moye said.
While about 80 percent of the new towers will be located near existing right-of-way locations, Moye said there will be new locations for some towers near the Cabin Creek area.
The plan is to place some towers on ridges to allow for less obstruction in valleys and increase access for utility crews.
Moye said project planners have worked to minimize the impact on residential areas and keep the new transmission line paths away from homes.
"We're really trying to take everything into consideration and finish this project in the way that has least impact on the people of the valley and yet provides the reliability that we need," he said.
PJM, the region's power grid provider, approved the proposed changes to the transmission system last May.
The company has scheduled informational workshops in Poca and Kanawha City to give the public a chance to review the plans.
The first will take place at Poca High School July 8, with the second to follow July 9 at Kanawha City Elementary. Both events are scheduled to last from 5 to 8 p.m.
The company has also set up a website, located at www.appalachianpower.com/info/projects/MajorPowerLines/KanawhaValley/, to offer more information on the plan. The website includes a Google Maps application that shows residents where their houses are located with respect to the new transmission lines.
Once the workshops are held and other field work completed, Appalachian's transmission affiliate, AEP West Virginia Transmission Co. Inc., will formally file a request with the state Public Service Commission seeking approval to perform the work.
The project is slated to be completed by 2017, though Moye said the bulk of the work will be finished in 2015, prior to the shutdown of the three power plants.
Contact writer Jared Hunt at busin...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.
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