Allegheny Energy's subsidiary Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Company has reached an agreement with the Public Service Commission of West Virginia's consumer advocate division and the West Virginia Energy Users Group, regarding its planned 500kV transmission line project.

This agreement requires the acceptance and final commission approval, for the Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line (Trail) project in West Virginia to take effect.

This agreement complements a previous agreement signed in January 2008 between Trailco and the consumer advocate division, which the commission will also consider as part of Trailco’s request for project approval.

The January 2008 agreement contains provisions allowing property owners to receive, as part of the easement agreement, transmission credits equal to an average residential customer’s annual electric bill for as long as the line is on a particular property.

It also provides for minimal vegetation clearing during line construction and prohibits aerial spraying of herbicides during maintenance of the line in West Virginia. Construction of the line is subject to approval of state regulatory commissions in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Virginia.