North Oakland-Coffeeville, Mississippi

TVA is considering improvements to its transmission system that would provide power for growing load and increase power reliability in the Batesville, Charleston, Coffeeville, and Oakland areas of Yalobusha County.

This area is served by Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association (EPA). TVA is proposing to build about 18 miles of single-circuit, 161-kilovolt transmission line from Tallahatchie Valley EPA’s North Oakland 230/161-kilovolt Station to TVA’s Coffeeville 161-kilovolt Station.

There are 33 alternative line segments under consideration for the route of the new transmission line.

The new line would consist of single-circuit, steel pole structures centered on new 100-foot-wide right of way.

The project is expected to be in service in winter 2024-2025. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2023. (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 various stages 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 on March 26, 2020, to discuss the project. Any comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and will be available for public inspection.

Map

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).

Possible segments of proposed transmission line

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 house

March 26, 2020

Comments accepted

April 27, 2020

Determine preferred route for field surveys

Summer 2020

Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin

Spring 2021

Easement purchases are scheduled to begin

Summer 2022

Construction is scheduled to begin

Fall 2023

Project in service

Winter 2024-2025

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.

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.

Contact

More information on this project can be obtained from:

Chris Austin
newtransline@tva.gov
800-362-4355
1101 Market Street, MR 4G
Chattanooga, TN 37402