OPSB approves Trent-Vassell transmission line

COLUMBUS, OHIO (July 30, 2012) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today authorized AEP-Ohio to construct a 3.1-mile long overhead 138 kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line from the Vassell Substation east of Sunbury to AEP’s existing Trent-Delaware 138 kV line adjacent to the existing Trent substation.

The Trent-Vassell transmission line will significantly reinforce the existing transmission system serving Delaware and Franklin counties.  AEP estimates construction costs for the project to be approximately $4.8 million.  The project is expected to generate an estimated $236,000 in annual property taxes for local governments.

On Dec. 6, 2011, AEP filed an application with the OPSB for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to construct the Trent-Vassell transmission line.  On April 20, 2012, following review of the company’s application, OPSB staff filed a report recommending that the Board conditionally authorize construction of the transmission line along the company’s proposed alternate route.  At a local public hearing held on May 7, 2012, two witnesses testified about the proposed line. 

On May 11, 2012, AEP 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 alternative route, subject to 37 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