Ohio Power Siting Board approves construction of AMP-Ohio transmission line

Ohio Power Siting Board approves construction of AMP-Ohio transmission line

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Nov. 24, 2008) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today authorized the construction of a 345 kilovolt electric transmission line in Meigs County. The facility will be owned and operated by American Municipal Power-Ohio (AMP-Ohio), a non-profit municipal power system that provides electricity to member municipalities.

The 5-mile long transmission line through Letart and Sutton townships will connect the proposed AMP-Ohio Great Bend Generating Station to the regional electric grid. AMP-Ohio plans to begin construction in 2009 and to have the transmission line and generating station fully operational in 2013.

On Oct. 31, 2007, AMP-Ohio filed an application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to construct the transmission line. The application included preferred and alternate routes.

Following review of the application, OPSB staff filed a report recommending that the Board authorize construction of the transmission line along the preferred route. At a public hearing held in Racine, Ohio on Oct. 22, 2008, nine members of the public testified about the proposed line.

On Oct. 27, 2008, AMP-Ohio, OPSB staff and the Office of the Ohio Attorney General filed an agreement settling concerns raised in the staff report. The agreement, approved by the Board today, authorizes construction of the transmission line along the preferred route and includes 26 specific conditions that the company must meet to remediate the environmental and economic impacts presented by the project.

The OPSB reviews applications for construction of large electric and natural gas facilities in Ohio. The 11-member board is comprised of representatives of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the state departments of Development, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Health, the Ohio General Assembly, and the public. The Chairman of the PUCO also chairs the OPSB.

Additional information regarding this project is available on the OPSB Web site at www.OPSB.ohio.gov.

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