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AEP plans up to $100M in Charleston area upgrades

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Officials with American Electric Power plan to hold a public meeting on June 23 to discuss upcoming improvement projects in Charleston.

On Tuesday, AEP announced the public meeting, where Charleston residents will be able to learn more about the company’s Charleston-area improvements project that will invest $80 million to $100 million in the city’s electric infrastructure.

According to a company press release, the large-scale project, which is expected to start in 2017, will include the rebuilding of at least 5 miles of transmission line and two substations, along with the construction of new lines and a substation in the downtown area.

“This project is critical because it directly addresses the need for increased electric reliability in the Charleston area,” said Charles Patton, president and chief operating officer for Appalachian Power. “Our customers have made it clear that having reliable service is their number one priority. Our focus is to take the necessary steps to provide that reliability while minimizing impacts to the community and the environment in the most cost-effective way possible.”

But while the project is focused on improving service for customers in Charleston, the project could cause some headaches for the public and landowners directly affected by the projects.

“We understand the work we are proposing may be disruptive…

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