OPSB approves Melmore Substation

COLUMBUS, OHIO (May 19, 2014) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today authorized American Electric Power Transmission Company (AEP) to construct the Melmore Substation in Eden Township, Seneca County.  The 138 kilovolt (kV) substation will reinforce AEP’s transmission system in northwestern Ohio.

The OPSB voted to approve AEP’s plan to construct the substation on a 13.4 acre site approximately four miles southwest of Tiffin, Ohio.  The Melmore Substation will connect to two existing transmission lines.

AEP states that construction of the substation will generate approximately $251,600 in annual property taxes during the first year of operation, which will be allocated amongst the Mohawk Local School District, the Vanguard Joint Vocational School District, the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky, and Wyandot counties, the Seneca County Commission on Aging, and the Mohawk Community Library.

AEP filed its application for this project with the OPSB on August 12, 2013.  In its Report of Investigation, the OPSB Staff found that the project would have minimal impacts to the surrounding areas, but did condition their recommendations to include landscaping for a neighboring property.  A local public hearing was held in Tiffin on April 3, 2014.

Additional information regarding the proposed project (OPSB case number 13-0522-EL-BSB) is available on the OPSB website at www.OPSB.ohio.gov.

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The OPSB reviews applications for 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 foundation for Ohio’s future.

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