Ohio Power Siting Board Approves Construction of Pike County Transmission Line

Ohio Power Siting Board Approves Construction of Pike County Transmission Line

COLUMBUS, OHIO (June 2, 2008) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today approved a stipulation that authorizes Columbus Southern Power Company to construct a 138-kilovolt transmission line in Pike County. The line will help prevent overloads of existing transmission facilities and provide additional capacity for future growth in southern Ohio.

The 6-mile transmission line will connect the Don Marquis Substation near Piketon, Ohio to the Lick-Waverly transmission line in the eastern part of the county. American Electric Power (AEP), parent company to Columbus Southern, will own, operate and maintain the line.

Columbus Southern plans to begin construction of the transmission line in the fall of 2008 and place the line in service by June 2009 at a total estimated cost of $4.1 million. Construction will have minimal environmental impacts. The line will generate approximately $161,700 in annual property taxes.

On Oct. 10, 2007, Columbus Southern filed an application at the OPSB for a certificate to construct the Don Marquis 138-kV transmission line. The application included a preferred route and an alternate route for the line.

On March 24, 2008, OPSB Staff filed a report recommending the preferred route. A public hearing was held in Waverly, Ohio on April 8, 2008. In May 2008, Columbus Southern and OPSB Staff filed a stipulation resolving issues raised in the staff report.

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.