OPSB approves construction of AEP Ohio Transco Transmission Projects

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Feb. 2, 2017) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today authorized AEP Ohio Transmission Company (AEP Ohio Transco) to construct three electric transmission line projects in four southeastern Ohio counties. The projects will improve the quality and reliability of electric service in the region.

In the South Caldwell-Macksburg Transmission Line Project, AEP Ohio Transco will construct a new 138 kilovolt (kV) transmission line through Olive, Jackson and Jefferson townships in Noble County and Aurelius Township in Washington County. The 8.1-mile long transmission line will connect the South Caldwell Substation to the planned Macksburg Substation as part the AEP Ohio Transco’s Southeast Ohio Area Improvement Program, an agreement between AEP Ohio Transco, Ohio Power Company, Buckeye Power and Washington Electric Cooperative.

In the Speidel-Barnesville Transmission Line Rebuild Project, AEP Ohio Transco will replace an existing 69 kV transmission line with a new 138 kV line between the existing Speidel Substation and the planned Barnesville Substation. The 3.7-mile long rebuild, located in Warren Township, Belmont County will serve the village of Barnesville with 69 kV transmission service but will be built on new structures and to 138 kV design standards in anticipation of future load growth.

In the Barnesville-Summerfield Transmission Line Rebuild Project, AEP Ohio Transco will replace an existing 69 kV transmission line with a new 138 kV line between the existing Summerfield Substation and the planned Barnesville Substation. This 15.8-mile long rebuild, running through Warren Township in Belmont County, Millwood Township in Guernsey County, and Beaver and Marion townships in Noble County, will serve the village of Barnesville with 69 kV transmission service but will be built on new structures and to 138 kV design standards in anticipation of future load growth.

In other business, the OPSB approved an additional turbine model, the General Electric 2.3-116, as a turbine suitable for the Hardin Wind Farm project located in Hardin County and denied an application for rehearing filed in the proceedings for the Black Fork Wind Farm project located in Crawford and Richland counties.

Copies of today’s OPSB entries and orders are available online at www.OPSB.ohio.gov in case numbers 10-2865-EL-BGN, 15-329-EL-BTX, 16-437-EL-BTX, 16-438-EL-BTX, 16-469-EL-BGA, and 16-577-GA-BNR.

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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