Salem Bulk – Valley View Project
Wabash Valley Power Alliance, a generation and transmission electric cooperative serving 23 distribution electric cooperatives in Indiana, Illinois and Missouri, in collaboration with Citizens Electric Corporation, is investing in infrastructure enhancements as part of our commitment to meeting your energy needs today and preparing for the future.
The Salem Bulk – Valley View project involves constructing a new, approximately 22-mile 69 kV line to connect the Salem Bulk Substation located north of Farmington to the Valley View Substation located north of Bloomsdale.
The project is directly aligned with our strategic goals of providing co-op members with clean, reliable and affordable energy.
Project Benefits Include
What happens next?
Now that the Final Proposed Route has been determined, the next phase of the project is obtaining easements.
What is an easement? An easement is an interest or right to use the land of another for a specific purpose. For this Project, landowners will be requested to grant a 100-foot easement to Wabash Valley Power Alliance for the right to use a defined strip of land for the construction, operation and maintenance of the electric transmission line. Landowners will be fairly compensated for this right. Wabash Valley Power Alliance and the land agents acting on their behalf will not be purchasing property, only obtaining an easement.
About Emerald Energy Company
Emerald Energy & Exploration Land Company, Inc. (“Emerald Energy”) is a professional land service brokerage that focuses on linear energy transportation projects throughout the United States. One of our main services is to work in conjunction with utility companies, and private oil and gas companies, to acquire “right of way” (ROW) necessary for them to transport their products. Emerald Energy’s team of experienced and dedicated land professionals are here to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have. Our team is made up of hardworking members of your community who realize that landowners, business owners, and fellow community members are essential to Emerald Energy’s success and, more importantly, the success of a project.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the status of the project today?+×
As of June 2023, we are currently working with landowners to obtain easements. The project is being constructed in three phases:
- Salem Bulk to Sprott
- Spott to Kinsey
- Kinsey to Valley View
When will construction begin?+×
Construction on the project is expected to begin in 2023 and placed in-service serving the community in early 2026.
Why is the Salem Bulk - Valley View transmission line needed?+×
To strengthen grid reliability and support growing local energy needs. This transmission line will allow Citizens Electric the flexibility to more quickly and efficiently re-route power to its members during an outage event and will energize two future substations along its path. These new substations will spread the load that is being served by two existing substations.
Will there be any negative impacts from the project?+×
No. The new transmission line will be safe for the community. There are no scientifically proven health effects from living/working near a 69kV transmission line. Additionally, Citizens Electric rates will not increase from this new line. We are committed to safety during our construction and maintenance activities. Our crews go to great lengths to minimize the disturbance to landowner’s property and will work hard to restore property to pre-construction conditions.
Why not use existing lines in the area?+×
Existing lines cannot be used for several reasons. Most importantly, there are not existing transmission lines connecting the Salem Bulk and Valley View substations. It is necessary to build a new transmission line through strategic areas in the county in order to energize two new future substations that will provide better support of the distribution system is those specific areas. The new substations reduce the potential for widespread outages caused by one line being down. Additionally, not all lines in the area are owned by Wabash Valley Power Alliance or Citizens Electric Corporation. Also, the existing lines are not configured for 69 kv transmission.
What an easement?+×
An easement is an interest or right to use a portion of the land of another for a specific purpose. For this Project, landowners will be requested to grant an easement to Wabash Valley Power Alliance for the right to use a defined strip of land for the construction, operation and maintenance of the electric transmission line. Landowners will be fairly compensated for this right. WVPA and the land agents acting on their behalf will not be purchasing property, only an easement.
What activities are allowed within the easement area?+×
Agricultural activities such as farming row crops, livestock grazing, etc. and recreational activities such as hunting are allowed within the easement area. This should not change the nature of the properties surrounding the line meaning that if the easement is already part of a golf course community, it can continue to be surrounded by golf course. In order to maintain safety for our community and to ensure the safe transmission of power, trees & bushes underneath these lines cannot touch the lines and should provide clearance for our line crews so we may maintain the lines.
How did you receive community input?+×
During phase 1 of engagement starting in March 2021, we received 280 comments. We hosted two public meetings to inform the community about the project and gather additional input. We sent out meeting notifications to every landowner in the study area, published an ad online and in local media. The virtual public meeting was attended by 65 people and the telephone public meeting attended by 66 people.
In May 2021, we used community insight to narrow the corridors down to four Proposed Route Options. For phase 2 of engagement, we published more ads online and in local press. Letters and maps were sent to every landowner in the study area, which included information on public meetings and engagement opportunities. We had 48 community members attend our virtual public meeting on May 12 and 48 attend our telephone public meeting on May 13. We received 241 comments about opportunities and constraints, including the location of sinkholes, specialty crops, fence lines. This information has led us to the Final Proposed Route.