OPSB sets public hearing for new substation in Erie County

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Sept. 18, 2012) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) will hold a public hearing in Huron, Ohio to provide area residents an opportunity to testify about American Transmission Systems, Inc.’s (ATSI) proposal to construct the Hayes Substation in Erie County.

The local public hearing is scheduled for:

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
BGSU Firelands College
Cedar Point Center
Auditorium B&C
One University Drive
Huron, Ohio 44839

A subsidiary of FirstEnergy, ATSI proposes to install a new 345 kilovolt (kV) to 138 kV transmission substation to provide voltage transformation, a capacitor bank and additional connections to nearby transmission lines.  The substation would be built in proximity to three existing transmission lines: the Beaver-Davis Besse 345 kV line, the Beaver-Greenfield 138 kV line and the Avery-Greenfield 138 kV line.  The preferred site is located on a 119-acre parcel lot that is owned by ATSI, while the alternative site is a 34-acre parcel located along State Highway 4.

The adjudicatory hearing in this case will begin on Nov. 20, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the offices of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, 180 East Broad Street, Hearing Room 11-D, Columbus, Ohio 43215-3793.

Additional information regarding this project, the Hayes Substation (case 11-4711-EL-BSB), 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