A public information meeting will be held on Nov. 1 in Bellaire, Ohio, regarding AEP Ohio Transmission Company’s (AEP Ohio Transco) proposed West Bellaire–Glencoe 138-kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project, which involves upgrading about six miles of existing 69-kV transmission line to 69/138-kV.
American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) AEP Ohio Transco also said in its Oct. 13 pre-application notification letter filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board that the project would traverse Pultney, Richland and Smith townships in Belmont County. The last major improvements in that area were done more than 60 years ago, the company said.
The existing 69-kV facilities were built in the 1940s, and would be replaced with steel, single pole structures that are somewhat taller and of sturdier construction, which would allow the lines to carry more current and help meet customers’ increased demand for power.
The company added that it anticipates completion of the project in 2019, and that the project would cost about $10m.
AEP Ohio Transco said that it expects to file the application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the rebuild project with the OPSB in early 2017.