AEP Ohio unit to seek approval of 138-kV transmission projects

The company noted that it plans to hold a public information meeting on Sept. 18 in Chillicothe, Ohio

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American Electric Power’s AEP Ohio Transmission Company said that it expects to file an application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the Ginger Switch-Vigo 138-kV Transmission Line Project with the Ohio Power Siting Board in late 2017.

The project is part of the overall Ross-Jackson Area Improvements Project, through which AEP Ohio Transco plans to improve the reliability of the electric transmission grid in Ross and Jackson counties by updating aging infrastructure to improve its condition and address performance issues.

As TransmissionHub reported, the Ross-Jackson Area Improvements Project will be an approximate $41 million investment.

A portion of the existing Berlin-Ross 69-kV line will be rebuilt to a 138-kV transmission line that connects the Ginger switch to the Vigo substation in Ross County.

The Ginger Switch-Vigo project would be about seven miles long, with the line running through Springfield, Liberty, and Jefferson Township in Ross County, the company said, adding that it anticipates building the new line using several structure types, including steel H-frame and monopoles. The company said that it estimates that the project would cost about $10 million.

In a separate Aug. 30 pre-application notification letter, AEP Ohio Transco said that it expects to file an application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the Ross-Ginger Switch 138-kV Transmission Line Project with the OPSB in late 2017.

That project is also part of the overall Ross-Jackson Area Improvements Project, the company said, adding that a portion of the existing Berlin-Ross 69-kV line will be rebuilt to a 138-kV transmission line that connects the Ross substation to the Ginger switch in Ross County.

The Ross-Ginger Switch project would be about five miles long, with the line running through Springfield Township in Ross County. The company also said that it anticipates building the new line using several structure types, including steel H-frame and monopoles. AEP Ohio Transco said that it estimates that the project would cost about $10 million.

AEP Ohio Transco said that the new lines would have steel monopoles or H-frame structures; conductor; shield wire; and associated hardware.

The company also noted in both filings that it plans to hold a public information meeting on Sept. 18 in Chillicothe, Ohio.

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