OhioPower Siting Board Approves Construction of Electric Substation in Medina County

Ohio Power Siting Board Approves Construction of Electric Substation in Medina County

COLUMBUS, OHIO (August 21, 2006) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today approved the construction of the North Medina electric transmission substation. The substation will be located in York Township, Medina County. American Transmission Systems Incorporated (ATSI) will construct, own, and operate the facility.

On December 19, 2005, ATSI filed an application for the construction of the electric substation, citing the need to reinforce the existing transmission system to meet expected load growth in Brunswick, Medina, and Seville. New commercial and residential construction in the area continues to place an increasing load on local distribution facilities, substations, and transmission circuits.

A public hearing was held in Medina on May 23, 2006, and on June 9, OPSB Staff and ATSI filed a stipulation recommending that the OPSB approve construction. Upon evaluation of the company’s application and the recommendations gathered from the public hearing and the stipulation, the OPSB concluded that a certificate should be granted for the proposed facility.

The North Medina substation will be supplied by the Carlisle-Star 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line and connect to the Star-West Akron 138-kV transmission line loop. Construction of the substation is expected to begin later this summer, and the facility will likely be placed in service by May 2007.

Construction of the substation will cost approximately $9.13 million, and ATSI estimates that the project will generate annual property tax revenue of $600,000 during its first year of operation. Construction will have minimal environmental impacts.

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.