American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) AEP Ohio Transmission Company (AEP Ohio Transco) on Nov. 17 filed a pre-application notification letter with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) in relation to the company’s proposed 138-kV project in Washington County.
The proposed Macksburg-Devola transmission line is part of the overall Marietta Area Improvements Project, the company said, adding that the 23-kV infrastructure has reached an age where it is in need of rebuild and redesign to improve reliability for customers across the region.
The line would be rebuilt to a 138-kV transmission line that connects the Macksburg substation – passing through the Lowell substation – to the Devola substation in Washington County, the company said.
The line would be about 17 miles long, depending on the route selected, and would likely run through Adams, Aurelius, Marietta, Muskingum and Salem townships in Washington County. The company added that it anticipates building the new line primarily with single pole, steel structures.
AEP Ohio Transco noted that it projects that the line would be an approximate $30m investment.
The company 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.
Among other things, the company noted that it plans to hold a public information meeting about the project on Dec. 6 in Lower Salem, Ohio.