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 regarding the company’s proposed Dennison–Yager 138-kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project.
The company said that the project is part of the multi-phase Eastern Ohio Tri-County Improvements designed to create a 138-kV loop in eastern Ohio that would reduce electric outages in the region and provide the electrical capacity for future business expansion.
The proposed project involves rebuilding about seven miles of the Dennison–Scio 69-kV transmission line, the company said, adding that the Dennison–Yager line connects the Dennison substation, which is located in Tuscarawas County, to the new Yager substation, which is currently under construction in Harrison County.
The new transmission line, which would be operated at 69-kV, but built to 138-kV specifications, would allow for future load growth in the area, and 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 with the OPSB for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the proposed project in the summer.
Among other things, the company said that it plans to hold a public information meeting on April 28 in Bowerston, Ohio.