OPSB approves Beaver-Brownhelm 345 kV Transmission Line

COLUMBUS, OHIO (March 11, 2013) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today authorized American Transmission Systems, Inc. (ATSI) to construct the Beaver-Brownhelm 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission line (Case No. 11-4248-EL-BTX).

The Beaver-Brownhelm project includes a 2.8-mile transmission line located within an existing transmission corridor in Brownhelm Township, Lorain County, Ohio.  As a part of the larger Beaver-Davis Besse transmission line project, the Beaver-Brownhelm transmission line will upgrade the transmission system, meeting electric supply needs in the area.
 
On July 31, 2012, ATSI, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy, filed an application with the OPSB for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to construct the Beaver-Brownhelm 345 kV transmission line.  On Dec. 12, 2012, following a review of the company’s application, the OPSB staff filed a report recommending that the Board conditionally authorize construction of the transmission line along the company’s proposed preferred route.  At a local public hearing held on Jan. 3, 2013, three witnesses testified about the proposed line. 
 
On Jan. 15, 2013, ATSI and the OPSB staff filed an agreement that addressed concerns raised in the proceeding.  The agreement, approved by the Board today, authorizes construction of the transmission line along the preferred route, subject to 28 conditions that the company must meet to remediate the environmental and social 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