A local public hearing regarding two rebuild projects proposed by American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) AEP Ohio Transmission Company will be held on Dec. 1 in Barnesville, Ohio, an administrative law judge (ALJ) with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) said on Oct. 7.
As noted in the ALJ’s filing, the company in June filed its application with the OPSB for the proposed Speidel–Barnesville 138-kV transmission line rebuild project in Warren Township, Belmont County, Ohio (Case No. 16-437-EL-BTX). The project involves rebuilding and upgrading the existing 69-kV facilities built in 1914 with 138-kV lines and structures that are somewhat taller and of sturdier construction, the ALJ said.
The company in July filed its application with the OPSB for the proposed Barnesville–Summerfield 138-kV transmission line rebuild project traversing Warren Township, Belmont County; Millwood Township, Guernsey County; as well as Marion and Beaver townships, Noble County (Case No. 16-438-EL-BTX). The ALJ also said that that project involves rebuilding and upgrading the existing 69-kV facilities built in the 1940s with 138-kV lines and structures that are somewhat taller and of sturdier construction.
According to the company, both rebuild projects are needed to reinforce the company’s transmission system in order to maintain and improve the quality and reliability of electric service in the area.
The ALJ added that in light of the fact that both proposed projects impact a common geographic area, the ALJ finds that the cases are interrelated. Therefore, the cases are to be consolidated for the purposes of, for instance, all public notices, public hearings and evidentiary hearings, the ALJ said.
The adjudicatory hearing will begin on Dec. 15 at the offices of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio in Columbus, Ohio, the ALJ said.
Petitions to intervene in the proceedings will be accepted by the OPSB up to 30 days following publication of the notice, or by Nov. 10, whichever is later, the ALJ said.
Among other things, the ALJ said that regulatory staff is to file its reports of investigation by Nov. 16, and that by Nov. 23, each party is to file a list of issue(s) citing specific concerns about which they may be interested in pursuing cross-examination of witnesses at the evidentiary hearing. All expert and factual testimony to be offered by intervenors and staff is to be filed by Dec. 9, the ALJ said.