AEP Ohio Transco: Joint stipulation and settlement agreement expected for two proposed rebuild projects

American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) AEP Ohio Transmission Company (AEP Ohio Transco) has until Jan. 20 to file expert and factual testimony regarding its applications with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) for the proposed Dennison-Yager 138-kV and Yager-Desert Road 138-kV transmission line rebuild projects, an administrative law judge (ALJ) said on Jan. 18.

As noted by the ALJ’s filing, the company filed its applications last July, and on Dec. 5, 2016, the ALJ scheduled an adjudicatory hearing for Jan. 25, and ordered the company to file expert and factual testimony by Jan. 17.

AEP Ohio Transco on Jan. 13 filed a motion to extend the time to file testimony, stating that the parties in the proceeding are engaged in settlement negotiations and that they expect to file a joint stipulation and settlement agreement by Jan. 20.

The company noted that an extension of time would encourage settlement, allow the parties to engage in thoughtful discussions, narrow the issues, organize the evidence, and ensure that the adjudicatory hearing proceeds in an orderly manner. The ALJ also said that according to the company, no party objects to its motion.

The ALJ found that “AEP has stated good cause to extend the time for filing testimony.”

As TransmissionHub reported, OPSB staff, in a Dec. 27, 2016, report, recommended that the OPSB find that the basis of need for AEP Ohio Transco’s proposed Dennison-Yager 138-kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project has been demonstrated, and that the project complies with certain requirements, provided that any certificate issued by the OPSB for the project include specified conditions.

As noted by staff, AEP Ohio Transco proposes to build the project in Harrison and Tuscarawas counties in Ohio. The proposed project would install a new 138-kV overhead electric transmission line between the existing Dennison substation and the Yager substation, which is under construction. Staff also said that the company is proposing a 100-foot right of way (ROW) for the new line, which would incorporate steel poles for support.

The project involves replacing a portion of the existing Dennison-Desert Road 69-kV transmission line, which has been in service since 1926, and serves the city of New Philadelphia, as well as the villages of Carrollton, Dennison and Newcomerstown. The line would continue to serve that area with 69-kV transmission service, but would be built to 138-kV design standards, staff added.

Also, as reported, OPSB staff, in a Dec. 27, 2016, report, recommended that the OPSB find that the basis of need for AEP Ohio Transco’s proposed Yager-Desert Road 138-kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project in Harrison County, Ohio, has been demonstrated and that it complies with certain requirements, provided that any certificate issued by the OPSB for the proposed facility include specified conditions.

Staff also said that it concludes that the company has demonstrated the basis of need for the project due to the reliability problems caused by the increasing load and the age of the existing 69-kV line.

As noted by staff, the proposed project would install a new 138-kV overhead electric transmission line between the Yager substation, which is under construction, and the existing Desert Road substation. To meet 138-kV standards, the company has proposed a 100-foot ROW for the new line, which would incorporate steel poles for support.

Staff also said that the project involves replacing a portion of the existing Dennison-Desert Road 69-kV transmission line, which has been in service since 1926, and serves the city of New Philadelphia and the villages of Carrollton, Dennison and Newcomerstown. The new line would continue to serve that area with 69-kV transmission service, but would be built to 138-kV design standards.

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