American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) AEP Ohio Transmission Company (AEP Ohio Transco) on April 15 filed a pre-application notification letter with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) regarding the company’s proposed Yager–Desert Road 138-kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project.
The project is part of the multi-phase Eastern Ohio Tri-County Improvements designed to create a 138-kV loop in eastern Ohio that will reduce electric outages in the region and provide the electrical capacity for future business expansion, the company said.
The project involves rebuilding about seven miles of the Dennison–Scio 69-kV transmission line. The company also said that the Yager–Desert Road line located in Harrison County, connects the Yager substation, which is currently under construction, to the existing Desert Road substation.
The new line, which would be operated at 69-kV, but built to 138-kV specifications, would allow for future load growth in the area, the company said.
The improvements would also ensure continued reliability of the transmission system, which has seen an increase in economic development related to the shale gas industry, the company said.
AEP Ohio Transco said that it expects to file an application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the rebuild project with the OPSB this summer.
As TransmissionHub reported, AEP Ohio Transco expects to file this summer an application with the OPSB for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the proposed Dennison–Yager 138-kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project, which is also part of the multi-phase Eastern Ohio Tri-County Improvements.
The company plans to hold a public information meeting regarding the proposed Yager–Desert Road project and the Dennison–Yager project on April 28 in Bowerston, Ohio.