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West Batesville – North Oakland

Power Supply Upgrade

Update - January 2015

TVA has identified the preferred route for a transmission line that would increase power reliability and allow for growth in the area served by Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association (EPA).    

TVA evaluated each route using social, engineering, and environmental factors. Information sources included available data, aerial photography, limited onsite reviews, public review and comment, and property owner input. Based on public input and evaluation, the preferred route is expected to have the least overall project impacts of the alternatives.

TVA’s new line will tie into the Batesville-West Batesville 161-kV Transmission Line at the West Batesville 161-kV Substation and continue south to Tallahatchie Valley EPA’s new substation and then northeast to the North Oakland Substation. The preferred route is a combination of route options 5 and 11 and consists of alternative segments 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 24, 27, and 31.   

The line would consist of steel pole structures and, after further considerations, all rights-of-way will be 100 feet wide.

The National Environmental Policy Act review is expected to be completed in spring 2017. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2018, and the project is scheduled to be complete in January 2020.


TVA is considering improvements to its transmission system that will improve reliability to Tallahatchie Valley EPA and their customers.

Tallahatchie Valley EPA plans to build the West Charleston 161-kilovolt Substation. TVA is proposing to build about 40 miles of transmission line to power the new substation and provide more reliable power to the existing North Oakland Substation.

The Batesville-Charleston line and the Charleston-Oakland line would share right of way north of Charleston.

  • image of towersThe Batesville-Charleston line would consist of about 20 miles of 161-kV single circuit line on a 100-foot right of way and 3-8 miles of double-circuit 161/230-kV line on a 150-foot right of way
  • The Charleston-Oakland line would consist of the 3-8 miles of double-circuit 161/230-kV on 150-foot right of way and 9-12 miles of single circuit 230-kV on 150-foot right of way. The line would be operated at 161-kV.

Thirty two alternate line segments are under consideration. The line would be built on steel pole structures.

TVA will hold an open houses on July 28-29, 2014 to provide information, answer questions and receive comments about the proposed transmission project.

The project is expected to be in service spring 2020. Construction is scheduled to begin winter 2018.

Dates are subject to change. During projects of this magnitude, unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.

Public involvement

TVA's process for siting new transmission projects is designed to allow public input at various stages. TVA is committed to working with area stakeholders to address concerns during the course of the project. Comments received during the comment period will be used in reaching a decision on the proposed action.

TVA will hold an open house to discuss the proposed transmission project. Details are as follows:

Monday, July 28, 2014

3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Batesville Civic Center
290 Civic Center Drive
Batesville, Mississippi 38606

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Family Life Center
Charleston Church of God
703 East Main Street
Charleston, Mississippi 38921

TVA representatives will be available at the open house to provide information, answer questions and receive comments. Large maps showing the alternative locations for the transmission upgrades will be available.

TVA is interested in receiving comments concerning how this project may affect the environment, historic properties or any other issues associated with this proposal. Any comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and will be available for public inspection.

If you have special needs, please contact Tanya Adams at least five days prior to the meeting toll-free at (800) 362-4355.

If you cannot attend the meeting but have questions or comments, contact Todd Moore (see contact information). All written comments on this proposed action should be sent to TVA no later than August 29, 2014.


The map shows the network of alternative routes TVA is considering for the proposed transmission line. The map is also available below as a PDF file.


Preferred routes of proposed transmission line (PDF, 8.1 mb)

Possible routes of proposed transmission line (PDF, 3.7 mb)

If you have questions or need help understanding the map, please contact TVA.

Environmental reviews

The appropriate National Environmental Policy Act review will be conducted to ensure that the environmental impacts are minimized. TVA attempts to minimize any land requirements, private property impacts, and environmental impacts associated with this project.

Project schedule

Dates are subject to change. During projects of this magnitude, unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.

Open houses July 28-29, 2014
Comments accepted August 29, 2014
Determine preferred route for field surveys fall 2014
Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin spring 2015
Easement purchases are scheduled to begin summer 2015
Construction is scheduled to begin October 2018
Project in service January 2020



More information on this project can be obtained from:

Todd Moore

Transmission System Siting
1101 Market St. MR 4G
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2801

Toll-free number

E-mail address

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