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CL-2582 Work Session   Item #: A.       
Meeting Date: 07/06/2021  
Subject:    West Fork Substation Property Acquisition-4th AEP Delivery Point
From: Jason Grey

COUNCIL ACTION
Work Session:     07/06/2021
SUMMARY
The West Fork Substation, located at 581 Long Circle in western Pittsylvania County, is currently in the engineering phase of being upgraded with a new 138 KV delivery point from AEP.  The substation design allows for an additional source of energy supply from AEP adjacent to the current substation footprint.  In anticipation of this design, staff has been able to negotiate the purchase of 42.85 acres for $180,000, needed for the City's substation expansion and the addition of an AEP substation and transmission lines.  
BACKGROUND
Danville Utilities has been going through a series of substation upgrades over the past five years and will look to renovate several additional substations over the course of the next two years.  The City's Bridge Street and Brantley substations were renovated within the past five years, and the Schoolfield and Riverside substations were completed at the end of 2020.  Staff is currently working on upgrading the Kentuck and Whitmell substations in Pittsylvania County with completions set for August 2021.  Engineering is also complete on the Southside and Westover substations, with most of the equipment on order for the project, to begin later this fall.  The West Fork Substation expansion will increase our reliability and provide additional switching capabilities during maintenance and unplanned outage events.
RECOMMENDATION
Staff recommends that Danville City Council approve the purchase of 42.85 acres of property adjacent to West Fork substation, in the amount of $180,000, in order to expand the West Fork substation footprint and add a fourth delivery point from AEP.

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