OPSB schedules local hearing for proposed AEP transmission line in Seneca and Sandusky counties

COLUMBUS, OHIO (May 23, 2018) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) will hold a hearing to allow the public to express their views about AEP Ohio Transmission Company’s (AEP Ohio Transco) proposal to construct a 138 kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line spanning parts of Seneca and Sandusky counties. The local public hearing is scheduled as follows:

June 25, 2018, at 6 p.m.
Old Fort Elementary, Bettsville Campus
118 Washington Street
Bettsville, Ohio 44815

The proposed Buckley Road-Fremont Center 138 kV Transmission Line Project would consist of rebuilding a 15.4-mile long section of the existing 17.6-mile long Allendale-Fremont Center 69 kV Transmission Line in Jackson and Liberty townships in Seneca County and Jackson and Ballville townships in Sandusky County. The new transmission line would be built to 138 kV design capabilities, but energized at 69 kV, allowing AEP Ohio Transco to upgrade conductors and energize the line at 138 kV when necessary in the future.

AEP Ohio Transco has proposed a preferred and an alternate route for the transmission line, each of which would require approximately 100-foot-wide permanent right-of-way. The company anticipates using approximately 85-foot tall steel monopole support structures.

AEP Ohio Transco states that the project would improve local service for customers, decrease power interruptions, improve resiliency of the system, and speed recovery of local service when outages occur. The company proposes to commence construction of the project in early 2019 and to place the new transmission line in service by winter 2020 at an estimated cost of approximately $22 million.

The adjudicatory hearing in this proceeding will begin at 10 a.m. on July 10, 2018 in Hearing Room 11-C, at the offices of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, 180 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215-3793.

Additional information regarding the proposed Buckley Road-Fremont Center 138 kV Transmission Line Project is available on the OPSB website at www.OPSB.ohio.gov in case number 17-2085-EL-BTX.

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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.