Pennsylvania-based Allegheny Energy has announced that it will build its new transmission operations headquarters in Fairmont, West Virginia.

Allegheny will construct an environmentally friendly building on a nine-acre parcel of land in the I-79 High Technology Park. The facility will serve as the center for Allegheny’s multi-state transmission functions and will feature a new operations center, which will perform around-the-clock management of the electric grid.

Additionally, the new building will be home to Allegheny’s transmission planning, engineering, maintenance and construction functions. Allegheny expects to start construction in 2009, with completion expected in mid-2011. Approximately 150 managerial, professional, technical, and administrative positions will be located in the new building.

Paul Evanson, chairman and CEO of Allegheny Energy, said: With two major expansion projects underway, we need a new center to meet the complex requirements of our transmission system, and north central West Virginia is an ideal location.