OPSB approves construction of AEP Ohio Transco transmission lines

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Jan. 18, 2018) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today authorized AEP Ohio Transmission Company (AEP Ohio Transco) to construct two electric transmission line projects in southeastern Ohio. The projects will improve the quality and reliability of electric service in the region.

In Washington County, AEP Ohio Transco will construct the 15.7-mile long Macksburg-Devola 138 kilovolt (kV) Transmission Line Project. The line will run through Adams, Aurelius, Marietta, Muskingum, and Salem townships between the proposed Macksburg and Devola substations. The line will also connect to the proposed Buell Substation and the existing Highland Ridge Substation operated by Washington Electric Cooperative, Inc.

In Belmont County, AEP Ohio Transco will construct the West Bellaire-Glencoe Transmission Line Project. This project involves upgrading approximately 6 miles of existing 69 kV transmission line to 69/138 kV. The project traverses Pultney, Richland, and Smith townships between the existing West Bellaire and Glencoe substations.

In other business, the OPSB dismissed the application to construct the Seneca Wind Farm in Seneca County at the request of the applicant, Exelon Wind, LLC. The OPSB also issued a request for comments regarding an additional revision to wind farm setback waiver requirements in Ohio Administrative Code 4906-4-08(C)(3).

Copies of today’s OPSB entries and orders are available online at www.OPSB.ohio.gov in case numbers 16-0702-EL-BTX, 16-1557-EL-BTX, 16-1421-EL-BGN, and 16-1109-GE-BRO

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The Ohio Power Siting Board reviews applications for the construction of major utility facilities in Ohio. Together with Ohio’s elected officials, citizen stakeholders, and the energy industry, the Board strives to build a strong and competitive foundation for Ohio’s future.

Contact: Matt Butler, (614) 644-7670