According to information provided by Allegheny Energy
Co., the Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline (PATH)
will be coming through Calhoun County sometime in 2012.
The 765-kilovolt high voltage line will originate at the
John Amos substation near St. Albans and cross 244 miles of West
Virginia to a substation north-east of Martinsburg. From there, it will
extend another 46 miles and end at a substation southeast of Frederick,
The project will cost an estimated $1.8 billion, and be
shared by 51 million customers in 13 states and D.C.
The maps provided by PATH
show two possible routes for the line, one crossing the southern end of
Calhoun, north of Stinson, and the other running parallel to the
existing electric line between Spencer and Glenville, which passes just
west of Grantsville.
The decision of which route is chosen is up to W.Va.
Public Service Commission, but the preferred route by
would be the one paralleling the existing line.
Allegheny Energy has held informational meetings on the
proposed right-of-way in Gilmer and Roane counties and more are
scheduled in other affected counties.
created a website for anyone wanting information or to comment on the
The regulatory review process is expected to take about
U.S. Department of Energy, North American Electric
Reliability Corp., and PJM Interconnection have called for new
transmission lines to be built to prevent reliability concerns with the
current electricity grid.
The demand for electricity in the U.S. has seen an
increase of 432% since 1960. Some adjoining states, like Maryland, have
witnessed an increase of 680%.
Towers that hold the lines will be made of metal and
measure 82 ft. wide at the top with a base ranging from 34 to 62 ft.
Height of the towers will range from 72 to 177 ft.
The benefit for Calhoun will be improved infrastructure
with a 765-kilovolt line running through the area, which may help