TRI-STATE - Plans are moving forward to build a 290-mile high-voltage power line from southern West Virginia to Kemptown, Md., that would reduce the risk of blackouts as energy demand increases.
Allegheny Energy Inc. said Thursday it had finalized a joint-venture agreement to build the line with Columbus, Ohio-based American Electric Power.
American Electric owns the West Virginia utility Appalachian Power.
This fall, the companies will begin a year-long study to determine the best route for the line, Allegheny Energy spokesman David Neurohr said.
The Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline (PATH) would include 244 miles of 765-kilovolt transmission from American Electric's Amos substation near St. Albans, W.Va., to Allegheny Energy's Bedington substation, northeast of Martinsburg, W.Va.