OPSB to hold Local Public Hearing for Hayes-West Fremont Transmission Line

COLUMBUS, OHIO (May 13, 2014) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) will hold a public hearing to provide area residents an opportunity to testify about American Transmission Systems Incorporated’s (ATSI) proposal to construct a 30-mile long 138 kilovolt electric transmission line in Erie and Sandusky counties.

The hearing is scheduled for:

May 21, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Fremont Middle School Gymnasium
1250 North Street
Fremont, Ohio 43420

ATSI, FirstEnergy’s transmission affiliate, would own and operate the new transmission line running east to west from the Hayes Substation, under construction near Sandusky, Ohio, to the existing West Fremont Substation.  The line, to be strung primarily on single wood poles, would alleviate impacts to existing transmission facilities in the area due to the retirement of several generation facilities.  As required by law, ATSI submitted two route proposals for the OPSB to consider, a “Preferred Route” and an “Alternate Route.”  

Additional information, about the Hayes-West Fremont Transmission Line in case number 12-1636-EL-BGN, including an interactive map of the Preferred and Alternate routes, is available online 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.

CONTACT: Matt Butler, (614) 644-7670