TVA is considering improvements to its transmission system that would provide power for growing load and increase power reliability in the Olive Branch area in DeSoto County.
This area is served by Northcentral Mississippi (MS) Electric Power Association (EPA). Northcentral MS EPA plans to build a station in on the southeast corner of the intersection of Stateline Road and Pleasant Hill Road.
TVA would build three and one-half miles of single-circuit, 161-kilovolt transmission line to provide power to Northcentral MS EPA’s new station. The new line would begin at Northcentral MS EPA’s existing Mineral Wells Station and extend west to the new station.
A single route is under consideration for the new line. The 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 fall 2021. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2021. (Dates are subject to change. During projects of this magnitude, 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 held an information day to discuss the proposed transmission project on December 12, 2019.
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. During projects of this magnitude, unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.)
December 12, 2019
Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin
Easement purchases are scheduled to begin
Construction is scheduled to begin
Project in service
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: