West Virginia urges FirstEnergy to rebuild Pruntytown line

According to http://calhounpowerline.com/, in March, both houses of the WV Legislature passed a concurrent resolution, SCR149, urging the WV PSC to order FirstEnergy to rebuild the Pruntytown to Mt. Storm 500 kV transmission line.   Note that this resolution is non-binding, so it is not an order by the legislature.   This line is also the only remaining section of the PJM grid that PJM claims will have any problems, under emergency situations, for the next 20 years, once Dominion’s rebuilding of the Mt. Storm to Doubs line is completed.
WV PSC staff attorney John Auville, filed a petition requesting that the PSC order AEP and FirstEnergy to conduct a report on the condition of their high voltage transmission system in WV, with particular focus on the 40 year old Pruntytown to Mt. Storm line.  Auville wants this report submitted to the PSC within 30 days. To further this point, it is Staffs understanding the Pruntytown-Mt. Storm line recently when out of service due to equipment failure and it did not create any problems for the system, with standard operating procedures remaining in effect.
All we have heard from PJM for the last five years that the world will come to an end of one of its high voltage transmission lines goes down.  Keep in mind that Dominion hasn’t even started replacing the Mt. Storm to Doubs line, so PJM’s system is still the same as it has always been, except for the addition of the TrAIL line that was energized on May 19.  Mr. Auville notes that the decrepit Pruntytown went down and didn’t cause PJM to take any unusual actions in response.  This transmission line can easily be taken off line right now to be rebuilt

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