OPSB schedules public hearing for transmission line proposed in northwestern Jackson County

COLUMBUS, OHIO (July 27, 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 spanning parts of Jackson County. The local public hearing is scheduled as follows:

Oct. 10, 2018, at 6 p.m.
Northview Elementary School Gymnasium
11507 Chillicothe Pike
Jackson, Ohio 45640

The proposed Pine Ridge Switch-Heppner 138 kV Transmission Line Project, also known as the Coal Township 138 kV Transmission Line Project, would consist of replacing 3.6 miles of the existing Berlin-Ross 69 kV Transmission Line with a new 138 kV transmission line. 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. The company states that the project would improve service for customers, reduce power outages, and speed recovery of service when outages occur.

AEP Ohio Transco has proposed a preferred and an alternate route for the transmission line, each of which would traverse Coal and Liberty townships. Each route would require a 100-foot-wide permanent right-of-way.

AEP Ohio Transco anticipates primarily using 100-foot tall steel H-frame structures to support the transmission line. The company proposes to commence construction of the project in fall 2020 and complete the project by the end of 2023 at an estimated cost of approximately $8.5 million.

The adjudicatory hearing in this proceeding will begin at 10 a.m. on Oct. 24, 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 Pine Ridge Switch-Heppner (aka Coal Township) 138 kV Transmission Line Project is available on the OPSB website at www.OPSB.ohio.gov in case number 18-0031-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