Transmission line meeting set for June 17 in Frederick

Frederick News Post
Ed Waters Jr.
Area residents will have an opportunity to meet with utility company officials June 17 to discuss the proposed PATH line. The Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline is a high-voltage system that will start in West Virginia, cross Frederick County and end at a proposed substation in Kemptown. The $1.8 billion line is scheduled for completion in 2012, a date when experts say the area could face blackouts without additional power. The meeting will be held at the FSK Holiday Inn from 5 to 8 p.m. Additional meetings will be scheduled in August. It is a first step in a long process that will involve the public, the utility companies and public service commissions in Maryland and West Virginia, said Vernon Estel, director of transmission projects for Allegheny Power. The project is mandated by PJM, the firm that monitors power needs in a 13-state area.