OPSB schedules public hearing for transmission line proposed in Brown County

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Aug. 22, 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 new 138 kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line in Eagle Township, Brown County. The local public hearing is scheduled as follows:

Oct. 11, 2018, at 6 p.m.
Sardinia Branch
Brown County Public Library
13309 Purdy Road
Sardinia, Ohio 45171

The proposed Seaman-Sardinia 138 kV Transmission Line Project, also known as the Sardinia Area Improvements Project, would connect the Sardinia Substation to the Hillsboro-Maysville transmission line, replacing the existing 69 kV transmission line. AEP Ohio Transco states that the existing transmission line has reached an age where it requires replacement, and the upgrade will provide area residents with improved electric service reliability.

AEP Ohio Transco has proposed a 3.7-mile long preferred route and a 4.5-mile long alternate route for the OPSB to consider. Each route would require a 100-foot-wide permanent right-of-way and would be constructed using primarily 100-foot-tall steel single-pole structures. The company proposes to commence construction of the project in late 2019 and complete the project by June 2021 at an estimated cost of approximately $11 million.

The adjudicatory hearing in this proceeding will begin at 10 a.m. on Nov. 5, 2018, at the offices of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, 180 East Broad Street, Hearing Room 11-C, Columbus, Ohio 43215-3793.

Additional information regarding the proposed Seaman-Sardinia (Sardinia Area Improvements) 138 kV Transmission Line Project is available on the OPSB website at www.OPSB.ohio.gov in case number 18-0033-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.

Contact: Matt Butler, 614-644-7670