A local public hearing will be held on July 10 in Bellaire, Ohio, regarding AEP Ohio Transmission Company’s (AEP Ohio Transco) proposed West Bellaire-Glencoe 138-kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project, an administrative law judge (ALJ) said in a May 12 filing made with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB).
As noted in the filing, the company last October filed with the OPSB a pre-application notification letter for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the rebuild project, which involves upgrading about six miles of existing 69-kV transmission line to 69/138 kV in Pultney, Richland, and Smith townships in Belmont County, Ohio.
The company filed its application in January and stated that the project, as proposed, would help ensure the continued reliability of the area’s transmission system, as well as support the development of the area’s economy.
The ALJ also said that an adjudicatory hearing will begin on July 20 at the offices of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio in Columbus, Ohio. Petitions to intervene in the proceeding will be accepted by the OPSB up to 30 days following publication of a required notice, or by June 15, whichever is later, the ALJ said.
Regulatory staff is to file by June 23 its report of investigation, and by June 30, each party in the proceeding is to file a list of issue(s) citing specific concerns about which they may be interested in pursuing cross-examination of witnesses at the evidentiary hearing.
All expert and factual testimony to be offered by American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) AEP Ohio Transco is to be filed by July 7, the ALJ added, noting that all expert and factual testimony to be offered by intervenors and staff is to filed by July 13.