A local public hearing will be held on June 12 in Springfield, Ohio, regarding American Transmission Systems, Incorporated’s (ATSI) proposed East Springfield-Tangy 138-kV Loop to the Broadview Substation project, an administrative law judge (ALJ) said in an April 12 filing made with the Ohio Power Siting Board.
As noted by the ALJ, ATSI in January filed an application requesting a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the project, which involves an extension of an approximately 5.3-mile loop from the existing transmission line to the expanded Broadview substation.
The ALJ said that according to ATSI, the project is one of three components of the Springfield Area 138-kV Reinforcement Project, which involves making improvements to the operation of the transmission and sub-transmission systems in the project area to strengthen the transmission system under numerous planning contingencies and to improve overall efficiency and flexibility in the operation of the transmission system in Clark County, Ohio.
As noted in the January application, along with the East Springfield-Tangy 138-kV project, the three components include:
- The Clark-Urbana 138-kV Transmission Line to the existing Broadview Substation project, which is an extension of an approximately 1.8-mile loop from the existing transmission line to the expanded substation
- The Broadview Substation Expansion Project, which involves the proposed expansion of the Broadview substation by an additional 1.1 acres (150 feet by 305 feet) to allow for the installation of new equipment in the substation. This project involves the expansion and conversion of the existing Broadview substation into a 138-kV substation with 69-kV transformation and the interconnection of the expanded Broadview substation to the East Springfield-Tangy and Clark-Urbana 138-kV lines
The ALJ noted in its April 12 filing that an adjudicatory hearing will begin on June 27 at the offices of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio in Columbus, Ohio, and that petitions to intervene in the proceeding will be accepted by the board up to 30 days following publication of a required notice, or by May 30, whichever is later.
In addition, the ALJ said that regulatory staff is to file its report of investigation in the matter by May 26.
ATSI is a FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE) company.