OPSB sets public hearing for new substation in Fulton County

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Sept. 24, 2012) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) will hold a public hearing in Swanton, Ohio to provide area residents an opportunity to testify about American Transmission Systems, Inc.’s (ATSI) proposal to construct the Fulton Substation in Fulton County.

The local public hearing is scheduled for:
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Valleywood Golf Club
13501 Airport Highway
Swanton, Ohio 43558

A subsidiary of FirstEnergy, ATSI plans to construct a 345 kilovolt (kV) to 138 kV transmission substation to comply with system reliability planning criteria.  ATSI has proposed locating the substation near Interstate 80/90 and both the preferred and alternate sites, which are adjacent to each other, are surrounded by agricultural land.  The proposed substation yard would be 370 feet wide by 470 feet long and enclosed by a fence.

The adjudicatory hearing in this case will begin on Nov. 26, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the offices of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, 180 East Broad Street, Hearing Room 11-C, Columbus, Ohio 43215-3793.

Additional information regarding this project, the Fulton Substation (case 11-4152-EL-BSB), is available on the OPSB website at www.OPSB.ohio.gov.

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The OPSB is responsible for reviewing and certificating plans for the construction of new energy facilities in Ohio. Before any company can build a major utility facility, the OPSB ensures that the facility will benefit Ohio’s citizens, promote the state’s economic interests and protect the environment and land use. The OPSB’s certification process includes local public hearings that allow residents to voice their opinions and concerns on proposed projects.

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