OPSB approves AEP's Elk Transmission Line

COLUMBUS, OHIO (March 11, 2013) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today authorized AEP Ohio Transmission Company (AEP Transco) to construct the Elk 138 kilovolt (kV) Transmission Line in Vinton and Jackson counties.

The Elk Transmission Line (OPSB Case No. 11-4505-EL-BTX) is designed to improve and maintain electric service reliability in the Athens, Ohio area, specifically replacing the Floodwood-Berlin 69 kV line.  As required by Ohio law, AEP Transco proposed a preferred and an alternate route for the project.  Both proposals share a 13.5 mile long common route, from the Poston-Lick 138 kV transmission line, running to the east of McArthur, Ohio.  From there, the preferred route continues along an existing line corridor for 3.7 miles into Jackson County.  In all, the Elk transmission line is 17.2 miles in length.

On Jan. 3, 2012, AEP Transco filed an application with the OPSB for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to construct the Elk 138 kV Transmission Line.  On Nov. 20, 2012, following review of the company’s application, OPSB staff filed a report recommending that the Board conditionally authorize construction of the transmission line along the company’s proposed preferred route. On Dec. 6, 2012, eight local residents provided sworn testimony regarding the project at a local public hearing held in McArthur.

On Dec. 7, 2012, AEP Transco and the OPSB staff filed an agreement that addressed concerns raised between the two parties.  The agreement, approved by the Board today, authorizes construction of the Elk 138 kV Transmission Line along the preferred route, subject to 24 conditions that AEP Transco must meet to mitigate the social and environmental impacts of the project.

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

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For additional information, contact: Matt Butler | (614) 644-7670