Power Siting Board approves AEP transmission projects in south central Ohio

COLUMBUS, OHIO (March 9, 2015) – The Ohio Power Siting Board today authorized AEP Ohio Transmission Company to construct two 138 kilovolt (kV) transmission lines in south central Ohio. The projects will reinforce the electric transmission system in the Chillicothe and Circleville, Ohio areas.

The Biers Run-Hopetown-Delano 138 kV Transmission Line will connect the Biers Run substation, under construction in Chillicothe, to the existing Delano substation, passing through the proposed Hopetown distribution-level substation. AEP Ohio Transmission will construct the transmission line along the 17.3-mile long preferred/common route, which traverses the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Pleasant Valley Wildlife Area and avoids two alternative routes that presented greater impacts to agricultural and residential properties. The project is subject to 33 conditions that are listed in the Board’s opinion, order, and certificate.

The 19-mile long Biers Run-Circleville 138 kV Transmission Line will connect the Biers Run substation to the existing Circleville substation. AEP Ohio Transmission will construct the transmission line along the preferred/common route, which parallels Westfall Road and the existing Don Marquis-Bixby 345 kV transmission line. The project is subject to 23 conditions that are listed in the Board’s opinion, order, and certificate.

In additional business, the Board established a procedural schedule in the NRG Ohio Pipeline Company’s Avon Lake Gas Addition Project case. The proposed pipeline would extend south from the Avon Lake power plant to a supply tap location in the village of Grafton. NRG proposes to use the pipeline to deliver natural gas to the power plant and other potential commercial and manufacturing customers. The Board will conduct an adjudicatory hearing at its offices in Columbus on April 14, 2015, and schedule a local public hearing at a later date.

The Board also approved amendments to the Carroll County Energy Generation Facility and the Oregon Clean Energy Center planned for construction in Carroll and Lucas counties, respectively, and granted a motion to extend, to March 22, 2018, the certificate previously issued for the Hog Creek Wind Farm I planned for Hardin County.

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

##

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.

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