AEP Ohio transmission unit seeks OK for two power lines

The 23-kV infrastructure has reached an age where it needs rebuild and redesign to improve reliability for customers across the region

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American Electric Power’s AEP Ohio Transmission Co. on Sept. 22 filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board a pre-application notification letter, noting that it expects to file an application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the Bell Ridge-Devola 138-kV Transmission Line Project with the OPSB in December.

The line is part of the overall Southeast Ohio Area Improvements project.

The 23-kV infrastructure has reached an age where it needs rebuild and redesign to improve reliability for customers across the region, the company added, noting that bringing additional power sources into the region will improve electric service reliability.

The line would be built as a 138-kV transmission line that connects the Bell Ridge substation to the Devola substation in Washington County, the company said, adding that the project would improve service for customers, reduce power outages, and speed recovery of service when outages occur.

The line – which would be about 11 miles long, depending on the route selected – would likely run through Lawrence, Fearing, and Muskingum townships in Washington County, the company said.

The company noted that it anticipates building the new transmission line primarily with single pole, steel structures.

AEP Ohio Transco also said that it projects that the line would require an approximate $25m investment by the company. The line would have these major equipment components: steel poles, conductor, shield wire, and associated hardware.

The company added that it plans to hold a public information meeting about the project on Oct. 11 in Marietta, Ohio.

In a separate Sept. 22 pre-application notification letter filed with the OPSB, AEP Ohio Transco said that it plans to file an application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the Rouse-Bell Ridge 138-kV Transmission Line Project with the OPSB in December, as well. That project is also part of the overall Southeast Ohio Area Improvements project.

The company added that the 138-kV Rouse-Bell Ridge transmission line would connect the Rouse substation in Monroe County to the Bell Ridge substation in Washington County.

The line – which the company said would also improve service for customers, reduce power outages, and speed recovery of service when outages occur – would likely run through Bethel and Washington townships in Monroe County and Liberty, Ludlow, Independence, and Lawrence townships in Washington County.

AEP Ohio Transco said that it anticipates building the new line primarily with H-frame, steel structures. The project also would have these major equipment components: steel poles, conductor, shield wire, and associated hardware.

The company noted that it plans to hold a public information meeting about the project on Oct. 12 in New Matamoras, Ohio.

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