OPSB approves construction of transmission line in Summit and Portage Counties

OPSB approves construction of transmission line in Summit and Portage Counties

Columbus, Ohio (March 22, 2010) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today authorized American Transmission Systems, Inc. (ATSI) to construct a 10-mile long overhead 138 kV electric transmission line between the Chamberlin Substation in Twinsburg, Summit County and the Shalersville Substation in Streetsboro, Portage County.

The Chamberlin-Shalersville transmission line will reinforce the existing transmission system serving the greater Aurora, Northfield and Twinsburg area, meet expected load growth and serve as a second source of supply to the Shalersville Substation. ATSI estimates construction costs for the project to be approximately $3.2 million. The project is expected to generate approximately $370,000 in annual property taxes for local governments.

On April 6, 2009, ATSI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corporation, filed an application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to construct the Chamberlin-Shalersville transmission line. On Oct. 8, 2009, following review of the company’s application, OPSB staff filed a report recommending that the Board authorize construction of the transmission line along the company’s preferred route. At a local public hearing held on Oct. 27, 2009, one witness testified about the proposed line.

On Nov. 6, 2009, ATSI and the OPSB staff filed an agreement that settled concerns raised in the proceeding. The agreement, approved by the Board today, authorizes construction of the transmission line along the preferred route subject to 33 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 Web site at www.OPSB.ohio.gov.

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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.