BTES Breaks Ground for New Delivery Point Substation

Friday June 25, 2021

Bristol, Tennessee – BTES broke ground along Highway 394 in Bristol Tennessee to build a new delivery point substation.

BTES CEO Dr. Mike Browder explained, “We plan for projects many years in advance, and this is one of those projects. Our employees determined that additional power supply facilities will be necessary in the very near future to maintain the availability, reliability, and resiliency of electric power for the customers in our service area. We researched the growth of our service area and worked closely with the Tennessee Valley Authority to determine the best location for this delivery point substation.”

BTES is primarily served by two 161 kV delivery points – one located in Bluff City and the other located in Blountville.

“In addition, there continues to be significant interest in bringing new industries to Bristol Tennessee at the Bristol Business Park, Partnership Park II, and other sites within the BTES service area,” Browder continued. “For economic development activities to continue and take root, it is necessary to have a power delivery system in place that can quickly meet the need for development.”

The substation will be located near the Bristol Business Park and Partnership Park II.

As part of the project, TVA will build just over 14 miles of new transmission power lines in the Bristol area.

“As the Bristol area continues to grow, TVA and BTES are partnering to make sure low-cost, reliable power is there to meet the demand,” said Aaron Melda, SVP for TVA’s Transmission and Power Supply group. “We see the growth in this area and are working together to meet the future need.”

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