A new 138kV transmission line between Buckhannon and Weston has suddenly popped up in PJM's latest TEAC presentation. Click here to see the specific PJM slide relating to this proposed project. No route has been proposed (at least publicly) for this transmission project, but it will require new rights-of-way on previously undisturbed land... possibly yours, if you live between Buckhannon and Weston.
PJM says "Approval of all upgrades in this presentation, except those noted as still under review will be sought from the PJM Board of Managers at their May 17th meeting."
Who is the PJM Board of Managers?
Don't forget how FirstEnergy (Allegheny Energy at that time) treated the landowners and environment while building their TrAIL project.
UPDATED April 29:
Bill at The Power Line has done some research on the applicable WV Code section(s). Read his post about the proposed B-W line here.
This proposed line is a perfect example of how PJM's tightly interconnected transmission system works. Changes made many miles away from you can result in the need for changes in your backyard. Remember, any changes to the transmission system will result in more changes. The entire PJM TEAC presentation lists hundreds of (mostly small) changes related to generation plant closings, primarily equipment upgrades, reconductoring and rebuilding, but very few new lines. Other PJM documentation indicates that the B-W line is a result of FirstEnergy's first wave of plant closings in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland announced on January 26. Further planning changes could occur before PJM's proposed June 1, 2016 in service date. Meanwhile, PJM will make due with "operating procedure in place to mitigate impacts until this upgrade [is] complete."
Fortunately, there is much that can be done to shape this transmission project now, if it indeed proves to be necessary. This is by far the earliest affected landowners have taken notice of one of these projects. How many landowners regularly peruse PJM's extensive document collection to fish out projects that may affect them? None. I just happened to notice this project while paging through the document for other purposes.
As well, landowners potentially affected by the B-W project have a wealth of knowledge from which to draw that has been developed by grassroots groups opposing the PATH project. The power companies rely on their tried and true "divide and conquer" methods to get these projects built. The landowners' most effective weapons to best protect their interests will be knowledge and solidarity, and above all, strategy. It's never too early to begin organizing. Don't wait until the power company land agent is knocking on your door. And that's about as far as I would like to go in this venue. If you're reading this on the internet, so are the power companies. Development of effective strategy must be kept close. If you would like to discuss further, email us or Bill at The Power Line, however, execution and action will need to be carried out by affected individuals. Nobody else is going to make this proposal magically go away for you, you've got to help yourself. Situations constantly present themselves in life that make you say to yourself, "someone should do something about that!" Who is "someone?" "Someone" doesn't exist - "someone" is you.