TVA Announces Location of Proposed Transmission Route in Lee County
- TVA has identified a preferred location for a new transmission line in Lee County.
- The selected route is expected to have the least impact on the area.
- Construction is scheduled to begin in winter 2025-2026 and be completed in spring 2026.
Nettleton, MS – The Tennessee Valley Authority has identified a preferred location for a new transmission line that would prepare for growth and increase power reliability in the Nettleton area of Lee County.
Tombigbee Electric Power Association will upgrade the Nettleton 46-kilovolt Substation to 161-kilovolt operation. The substation is located at 7095 Will Robbins Highway in Nettleton. TVA will build a 161-kilovolt transmission line from the existing Tupelo-Okolona 161-kilovolt transmission line to the upgraded substation. The new line would be less than 8 miles and built using primarily single-pole, steel or concrete structures on a combination of existing 75-foot-wide and new 100-foot-wide right of way. The preferred route is one of several proposed at an open house held October 5, 2023, and at a virtual open house held from October 5 through November 6, 2023.
The selected route is expected to have the least impact on the area, based on public input from the open house, the virtual open house, and additional evaluation of other factors, including social, environmental and engineering impacts. A National Environmental Policy Act review is also pending.
The project will utilize existing and new right of way. TVA will meet with property owners along the right of way to obtain easements for construction, operation, and maintenance of the line. Property owners will still own the property and will be compensated for the easements at fair market value.
TVA is expected to begin surveys in spring 2024 and start acquiring easements in summer 2025. Construction is scheduled to begin in winter 2025-2026 and be completed in spring 2026. A map of the project and additional information are available on the TVA website.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is the nation’s largest public power supplier, delivering energy to 10 million people across seven southeastern states. TVA was established 90 years ago to serve this region and the nation by developing innovative solutions to solve complex challenges. TVA’s unique mission focuses on energy, environmental stewardship, and economic development. With one of the largest, most diverse, and cleanest energy systems – including nuclear, hydro, solar, gas, and advanced technologies – TVA is a leader in our nation’s drive toward a clean energy future.
TVA is a corporate agency of the United States, receiving no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation, and land management for the Tennessee River system, and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.