Mississippi Power / Bonita Project

There's new information about proposed new power lines for a Meridian Park property. Mississippi Power spokesman, Jeff Shepard, says company officials have been working on this proposal for months.

'This isn't a project that just started last week, we've been in talks with city officials.'

Shepard says Mississippi Power officials have met with city leaders in Meridian and answered their questions. If approved, he says the lines will not be anywhere close to the lakes at Bonita, but instead close to Highway 45.

"The site has been permitted,' says Shepard. 'We've gotten federal and state permits and then looked at what is the way that we can have the least amount of disruption to homes, businesses and the city and that's the path that we currently picked.'

The proposed site for the new power lines crosses Bonita Lakes Property. The lines, which would rest about 50 feet in the air, are called transmission lines. Transmitting about 235-thousand volts of electricity, they're the ones that will transfer power directly from the lignite coal plant in Kemper County to a substation in Vimville and then to customers. The lines will also serve as a backup power source for the company's northern region, if power lines on the coast are damaged by a storm.

As for the substation in Vimville, work on it is now underway. It's one of several new substations being built to support the new plant in Kemper.

'We are proposing to build six new transmission lines and five new substations and we're also going to be upgrading three transmission lines and three substations,' says Shepard. 'So, not only is this the largest construction and generation plant built in Mississippi Power's history, this is also the biggest transmission project that we have done as well.'

If the Meridian City Council approves the request at its meeting Tuesday, work on the lines is expected to possibly start within a month's time.


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