Appalachian to Provide Electricity to Commonwealth Crossing

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ROANOKE, Va. –Appalachian Power is partnering with Henry County to bring a more robust power source to the Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre (CCBC) and increase its development potential as a business powerhouse in southern Virginia.

The 138-kilovolt (kV) Commonwealth Crossing Transmission Line Project will add about 4 miles of transmission line south of Martinsville. The new line originates from Appalachian Power’s existing Fieldale-Dan River transmission line and will terminate at CCBC.

Construction is expected to take less than 18 months and will begin when CCBC secures a customer for the site.

This phase of CCBC’s development is expected to help attract advanced manufacturers to the business park. The first two sites at the 726-acre location—120 acres and 50 acres in size—will be ready this fall.

“Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre is a key component in the growth of our community,” said Henry County Administrator Tim Hall. “Every citizen will benefit from the new companies moving in, because of job opportunities and an improved tax base. We are excited about the possibilities.”

Appalachian Power will host a public open house to provide project information to the community and affected property owners. The event will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Drewry Mason Elementary School located at 45 Drewry Mason School Road in Ridgeway. Appalachian representatives will share details about the project, answer questions and gather public input.

Additional information about the project, including a timeline, maps and updates is available at www.AppalachianPower.com/CommonwealthCrossing .

A view of Henry County’s development plans for the business park can be found at www.yesmartinsville.com.

Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power). It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 32,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kV extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.

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