OPSB approves Biers Run Substation

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Sept. 30, 2013) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today authorized American Electric Power Ohio Transmission Company, Inc. (AEP Ohio Transco) to construct the Biers Run Substation at the preferred site in Ross County near Chillicothe.   

The Biers Run Substation (OPSB Case No. 12-1361-EL-BSB) will be a 345/138/69 kV (kilovolt) switching substation.  The substation will be constructed on a parcel of land approximately 102 acres in size, between U.S. Route 35 and Biers Run Road in Union Township.  AEP Ohio Transco expects to bring the facility online during the second quarter of 2015.

On Dec. 20, 2012, AEP Ohio Transco filed an application with the OPSB for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to construct the Biers Run Substation.  On May 23, 2013, following review of the company’s application, OPSB staff filed a report recommending that the Board conditionally authorize construction of the substation at the applicant’s preferred site.

Citizen stakeholders voiced their opinions and concerns on the project, including four witnesses who provided sworn testimony at a local public hearing held on June 11, 2013 at the Pioneer School for Developmental Disabilities in Chillicothe.

On June 14, 2013, AEP Ohio Transco and the OPSB staff filed an agreement that addressed concerns raised during the proceeding.  The agreement, approved by the Board today, authorizes construction at the preferred site, subject to 14 conditions to mitigate the impacts of the project.

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

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The OPSB  reviews applications for the construction of major utility facilities in Ohio. Together with Ohio's elected officials, citizen stakeholders and the energy industry, the OPSB strives to build a strong and competitive future for Ohio future.

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