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Kentucky Power launches grid upgrade program to improve reliability

Kentucky Power Co. launched a multimillion-dollar effort, called the eastern Kentucky transmission program, to upgrade the regional power grid over five to seven years.

The American Electric Power Co. Inc. subsidiary plans to begin the program with the $30 million Hazard-Wooton project, which calls for rebuilding seven miles of existing 161-kV transmission line and making upgrades to additional transmission facilities. The company expects to file for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the project with the state Public Service Commission later this fall, according to an Aug. 14 news release.

Other projects under the program include replacing aging equipment in Bell, Clay, Knox, Leslie and Perry counties. "These transmission projects represent a significant investment in eastern Kentucky and will improve reliability for our customers," said President and COO Matt Satterwhite.

Kentucky Power provides electric service to about 168,000 customers in 20 eastern Kentucky counties.