An administrative law judge (ALJ) with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) on Dec. 5 granted AEP Ohio Transmission Company’s motion for an extension of time to file testimony, and a request for an expedited ruling, in relation to the company’s proposed Speidel-Barnesville 138-kV transmission line and Barnesville-Summerfield 138-kV transmission line rebuild projects.
As noted in the filing submitted to the OPSB, American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) AEP Ohio Transco on Dec. 2 filed its motion requesting that the deadline for all parties to file testimony be extended to Dec. 12. AEP Ohio Transco said that the parties are engaged in settlement negotiations and anticipate executing a joint stipulation and settlement agreement. The filing also noted that according to the company, OPSB staff agrees to the requested extension.
The ALJ said that the motion “is reasonable and should be granted.”
AEP Ohio Transco in June filed an 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 that were built in 1914 with 138-kV lines and structures that are somewhat taller and of sturdier construction, the filing added.
In July, AEP Ohio Transco filed an application with the OPSB for the proposed Barnesville-Summerfield 138-kV transmission line rebuild project traversing Warren Township, Belmont County; Millwood Township, Guernsey County; and Marion and Beaver townships, Noble County, Ohio (Case No. 16-438-EL-BTX), the filing added.
That project involves rebuilding and upgrading the existing 69-kV facilities that were built in the 1940s with 138-kV lines and structures that are somewhat taller and of sturdier construction, the filing said.
According to the company, each project is needed to reinforce the transmission system in order to maintain and improve the quality and reliability of electric service in the area.
Among other things, the filing also noted that the ALJ determined in October that inasmuch as the cases are interrelated, they should be consolidated for the purposes of, for instance, public and evidentiary hearings.