WEST POINT, Miss. (Press Release) – Electric customers in the city of West Point will experience a short power interruption after midnight on Wednesday morning, Feb. 14, 2018, while the Tennessee Valley Authority connects the city’s power system to an alternate supply.
To minimize impacts, the 10-minute or less outage is scheduled to start at 12:30 a.m. and last until 12:40 a.m., CST. TVA has coordinated the outage and backup plans with the following local power companies: West Point, 4-County EPA, and Okolona.
Wednesday morning’s outage allows TVA crews to continue rewiring substation equipment controls to the new switch house at their facility off of TVA Road in West Point.
In the last five years, TVA has invested $16 billion in new transmission lines and facilities to ensure the utility can deliver 99.999 percent power reliably while lowering effective wholesale electric rates, which is now 2 percent below 2013 levels.
Locally, TVA is investing more than $80 million into the region’s electric grid to support reliability as well as economic and community development efforts. Last year, TVA replaced the 500-kilovolt transformer bank at the West Point facility to better support the reliability of the transmission system.
Last month, TVA held an open house to announce the construction of a new transmission line and switching station that would provide additional power capacity to the Infinity Megasite near the Golden Triangle Regional Airport.
Three of TVA’s eight certified industrial megasites are in the Golden Triangle. To date, the eight TVA megasites have created 6,000 jobs and $5.3 billion in capital investment. Adding to the total, last month Toyota-Mazda announced plans to build a car factory at TVA’s Huntsville Megasite; bringing 4,000 new jobs with a $50,000 average wage to the region.