OPSB approves construction of AEP Ohio transmission lines

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Feb. 21, 2019) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today authorized AEP Ohio Transmission Company (AEP Ohio Transco) to construct four electric transmission line projects across Ohio.

In Belmont County, AEP Ohio Transco will rebuild the Glencoe-Speidel Transmission Line between the Glencoe Substation and the Speidel Substation. The 12.7-mile long project, located in Warren, Goshen, and Smith townships, will upgrade the line from 69 kilovolts (kV) to 138 kV. The new line is part of AEP Ohio Transco’s plan to modernize and improve the reliability of the transmission system in Belmont County.

In Brown County, AEP Ohio Transco will construct the 3.7-mile long Seaman-Sardinia 138 kV Transmission Line. This project involves the installation of a new line in Eagle Township between the Sardinia Substation and the existing Hillsboro-Maysville transmission line. The new line will replace 11.9 miles of existing 69 kV line, an upgrade intended to provide improved electric service reliability to area customers.

In Jackson County, the Pine Ridge Switch-Heppner 138 kV Transmission Line will replace 3.6 miles of the Berlin-Ross 69 kV Transmission Line in Coal and Liberty townships between the existing Pine Ridge Switch and the planned Heppner Substation. The Vigo-Pine Ridge Switch 138 kV Transmission Line will replace 10.3-miles of the same Berlin-Ross line through Jackson and Liberty townships in Jackson County and Jefferson Township in Ross County. These two projects are part of AEP Ohio Transco’s Ross-Jackson Area Improvements Project designed to modernize and improve the area transmission system.

In other business, the OPSB authorized Paulding Wind Farm IV, LLC to construct the 125.1 megawatt (MW) Timber Road IV Wind Farm in Paulding County, and approved Hillcrest Solar I, LLC’s request to increase the planned generating capacity of the Hillcrest Solar Farm in Brown County from 125 MW to 200 MW.

Additional information about today’s OPSB decisions is available at www.OPSB.ohio.gov.

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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