American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) AEP Ohio Transmission Company (AEP Ohio Transco) on Sept. 16 filed a pre-application notification letter with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB), saying that it expects to file an application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the Lamping–Rouse 138-kV Transmission Line Project with the OPSB by the end of the year.
The proposed line is part of the overall Southeast Ohio Area Improvements Project, the company said, noting that the area’s aged 23-kV infrastructure needs to be rebuilt and redesigned to improve reliability for customers across the region. Bringing additional power sources into the region will improve electric service reliability and provide the electrical capacity for future economic growth, the company said.
The 138-kV line would connect the new Lamping substation to the Rouse substation in Monroe County, the company said, adding that the project will improve service for customers, reduce power outages, and speed restoration of service when outages occur.
The line, which would likely run through Washington Township in Monroe County, would be about five miles long, depending on the route selected, the company said.
AEP Ohio Transco said that it anticipates building the new line primarily with single pole and H-frame, steel structures. The company also said that it anticipates that the project will cost about $7m.
Among other things, the company said that it plans to hold a public information meeting on Oct. 4 in Marr, Ohio.