Power Siting Board approves AEP and NRG utility infrastructure projects

COLUMBUS, OHIO (June 5, 2015) – The Ohio Power Siting Board late yesterday authorized AEP Ohio Transmission Company to construct the Gable Substation in rural Jefferson County. Separately, the Board approved the construction of NRG Ohio Pipeline’s Avon Lake Gas Addition Project in Lorain County.

AEP’s Gable Substation Project includes the construction of a new 138 kilovolt substation near the intersection of county roads 17 and 15, southeast of Smithfield, Ohio. The purpose of the project is to avoid potential operating limitations in the AEP electric grid in eastern Ohio, including the communities of Cadiz, Carrollton and Brilliant. Construction is subject to 15 conditions outlined in the Board’s opinion, order and certificate.

NRG Ohio Pipeline’s Avon Lake Gas Addition Project consists of a 24-inch diameter natural gas pipeline that will extend 20 miles south from the Avon Lake Power Plant to a supply tap location in Grafton, Ohio. NRG will use the pipeline to deliver natural gas to the power plant and other potential commercial and manufacturing customers. The plant, which currently generates electricity using coal, is slated for deactivation. The pipeline will allow the plant to continue operations using natural gas. Construction is subject to 17 conditions.

The Board also approved an amendment to the certificate issued for the Oregon Clean Energy Center currently under construction in Lucas County and granted a motion to extend, through March 3, 2016, the certificate issued for a planned American Municipal Power-Ohio transmission line in Meigs County.

Additional information is available on the Board’s website at www.OPSB.ohio.gov.

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The Ohio Power Sting Board reviews applications for construction of major utility facilities in Ohio. Together with Ohio’s elected officials, citizen stakeholders, and the energy industry, the Board strives to build a strong and competitive foundation for Ohio’s future.

Contact: Matt Butler, (614) 644-7670