OPSB approves Glenwillow Substation

COLUMBUS, OHIO (March 11, 2013) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today authorized American Transmission Systems, Inc. (ATSI) to construct the Glenwillow Transmission Substation in Glenwillow, Cuyahoga County.

The Glenwillow Substation (OPSB Case No. 12-1727-EL-BSB) is a part of a major transmission reinforcement effort in the greater Cleveland area to maintain the reliability and availability of electric power.  The substation will be constructed on a parcel of land approximately 25 acres in size at the intersection of Austin Powder Drive and Cochran Road.  The substation project is estimated to cost $18.2 million dollars.

On Nov. 9, 2012, ATSI, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy, filed an application with the OPSB for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to construct the Glenwillow Substation project.  On Jan. 14, 2013, following a review of the company’s application, the OPSB staff filed a report recommending that the Board conditionally authorize construction of the substation on the applicant’s preferred site.

Citizen stakeholders voiced their opinions and concerns on the project, including three witnesses who provided sworn testimony at a local public hearing held on Jan. 30, 2013 at the village of Glenwillow Council Chambers.

On Feb. 7, 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 at the preferred site, subject to 18 conditions to mitigate 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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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