AEP, Buckeye Power, Washington Electric Cooperative propose 138-kV project in Ohio

American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) unit AEP Ohio, AEP Ohio Transmission Company, Buckeye Power and Washington Electric Cooperative have proposed to build a 138-kV transmission line in Monroe and Washington counties in Ohio.

AEP Ohio added in its March 16 statement that it plans to invest about $50m in the Rouse-Bell Ridge-Devola transmission line, and that construction is targeted to begin in fall 2019, and to be complete by summer 2021.

The webpages for the proposed Rouse-Bell Ridge and Bell Ridge-Devola transmission lines noted that the lines are part of the overall Southeast Ohio Area Improvements Project. Each site noted 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.

According to the webpage for the proposed Rouse-Bell Ridge transmission line, that line – which would be about 13 miles long, depending on the route selected – would be built to 138-kV line, and connect the Rouse substation in Monroe County to the Bell Ridge substation in Washington County.

According to a project fact sheet for that line, the line would likely run through Bethel and Washington townships in Monroe County, as well as in Liberty, Ludlow, Independence, and Lawrence townships in Washington County.

According to the webpage for the proposed Bell Ridge-Devola transmission line, that line – which would be about 11 miles long, depending on the route selected – would be rebuilt to a higher 138-kV line, and connect the Bell Ridge substation to the Devola substation in Washington County.

According to a project fact sheet for that line, the line would likely run through Lawrence, Fearing, and Muskingum townships in Washington County.

Both webpages noted that AEP Ohio anticipates building the new lines primarily with single pole, steel structures.

Each fact sheet noted that the companies have signed a memorandum of understanding that implements a long-term plan to enhance the reliability of the electric transmission and distribution network in Marietta, Ohio, and the surrounding area.

In its March 14 statement, AEP Ohio said that a project open house will be held on March 22 in Marietta, and on March 23 in Matamoras, Ohio.

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