American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) AEP Ohio Transmission Company (AEP Ohio Transco) on March 18 filed a pre-application notification letter with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) regarding its proposed Barnesville–Summerfield 138-kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project, which involves rebuilding and upgrading about 16 miles of existing power lines.
The project traverses Marion and Beaver townships of Noble County, Millwood Township of Guernsey County and Warren Township of Belmont County. The company also said that the last major reinforcement in that area was done more than 60 years ago.
AEP Ohio Transco said that it expects to file with the OPSB the application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the project in July.
The existing 69-kV facilities, which were built in the 1940s, would be replaced with 138-kV lines and structures that are somewhat taller and of sturdier construction, allowing the lines to carry more current and help meet customers’ increased demand for power, the company said. The project would help ensure the continued reliability of the transmission system.
AEP Ohio Transco also said that it anticipates completion of the project in 2018. Also, the company anticipates that the project, an approximate $20m investment, would contribute about $650,000 in property taxes annually to the community.
Among other things, the company added that it plans to hold a public information meeting on April 5 in Barnesville, Ohio.