The project raised the ire of citizens throughout the affected areas of Northern Virginia and sparked numerous public hearings to review the necessity of the project.
The withdrawal of the Virginia application was in response to new information recently provided by grid operator PJM Interconnection, which suggests that the project appears not to be needed by 2014 to resolve reliability violations on the electric grid. The data received from PJM was preliminary and not sufficient to identify a specific in-service date for the project. PJM is in the process of preparing more comprehensive analyses for the 2010 Regional Transmission Expansion Plan. Based on the delivery of the 2010 RTEP analysis later in the year, a new application in Virginia is not expected before the third quarter of 2010.
Allegheny and American Electric Power remain responsive to PJM Interconnection and are committed to having the line in place as directed. The companies support the existing applications seeking permission to build PATH in West Virginia and Maryland, and expect the procedural schedules in those states to provide the opportunity to consider the 2010 RTEP analyses.