TVA is considering improvements to its transmission system that would provide power for growing load and increase power reliability in the Claysville area of Marshall County in Alabama.
This area is served by North Alabama Electric Cooperative (NAEC). NAEC has experienced load growth in the southern end of their service territory which has caused their Columbus City 161-kilovolt Substation to exceed its firm capacity. This load growth risk along with increasing reliability concerns have led NAEC to propose building the Claysville 161-kilovolt Substation at the northwest corner of the intersection of U.S. Highway 431 and Baker Chapel Road.
TVA will provide electricity to the new substation through two power line sections. The first section is a 1.9-mile portion of the existing and de-energized Haney Tap Line. This tap line extends southeast off the Guntersville-Goose Pond 161-kilovolt Transmission Line. TVA plans to rebuild and re-energize this portion of the tap line to a point northwest of Scottsboro Highway. The second power line section will begin at this point.
TVA will build 1.2 miles of power line from the Haney Tap Line extending southwest to the new Claysville 161-kilovolt Substation. The remainder of the Haney Tap Line which extends southeast will remain de-energized.
In addition to this work, TVA will install two switches in the Guntersville-Goose Pond 161-kilovolt Transmission Line.
The lines would be built using primarily single-pole and H-frame, steel structures on existing and new 100-foot-wide right of way.
TVA will hold a virtual information session from March 10 through April 11, 2022, online at www.tvavirtual.com/claysville where detailed maps of the project will be displayed. Property owners and members of the public will be able to submit questions online, by telephone, and in writing.
The project is expected to be in service in summer 2024. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2024. (Dates are subject to change. Unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.)
TVA is committed to working with area stakeholders to address concerns during various stages of the project.
TVA will hold a virtual information session to provide information about the proposed transmission project. The virtual information session may be accessed at www.tvavirtual.com/claysville from March 10 through April 11, 2022.
Property owners and members of the public will be able to submit questions online, by telephone, and in writing. Large maps showing the proposed transmission project will be displayed.
Any names and addresses received at the virtual information session will become part of the administrative record.
If you are not able to access the virtual information session but have questions, you may contact Les Warnock (see contact information).
The map shows the area of the proposed transmission improvements. The map is also available below as a PDF file.
If you have questions or need help understanding the map, please contact TVA (see below).
(Dates are subject to change. Unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.)
|Virtual Information Session begins||March 10, 2022|
|Virtual Information Session Ends||April 11, 2022|
|Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin||Summer 2022|
|Easement purchases are scheduled to begin||Summer 2023|
|Construction is scheduled to begin||Spring 2024|
|Project in service||Summer 2024|
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.
Efforts are made during the siting process to avoid or minimize impacts to floodplains and wetlands in accordance with Executive Orders 11988 and 11990. Floodplains and wetlands are shown on the referenced map. The map illustrates how the route avoids or impacts floodplains and wetlands. Because of project and topographic constraints and because of minimizing impacts to other social, environmental, and engineering resources, no practicable alternative may be available that would allow complete avoidance of impacts to floodplains and wetlands which may require mitigation for minimizing impacts. Also, best management practices would be utilized throughout the project to minimize adverse floodplain and wetland impacts. In compliance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, TVA will be coordinating wetland findings with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
More information on this project can be obtained from: