A local public hearing will be held on June 6 in Woodsfield, Ohio, regarding AEP Ohio Transmission Company’s proposed Lamping-Rouse 138-kV Transmission Line Project, an Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) administrative law judge said in a May 5 filing.
As noted in the filing, the company last December filed an application with the OPSB to build a new 138-kV transmission line from the proposed Lamping substation to the Rouse substation in southwestern Monroe County, Ohio.
Depending upon the route selected, the project would be about 4.7 miles to 4.8 miles long, built primarily of steel monopoles, and require a new 100-foot-wide permanent right of way (ROW), the ALJ said. Much of the area is served by an extensive 23-kV distribution system, which will be retired and replaced with a new 138-kV transmission system, the ALJ noted.
The intent of the project – which is one component of the Southeast Ohio Area Improvements Program – is to improve local service for customers, decrease power interruptions, and speed the recovery of local service after outages, according to the filing.
The adjudicatory hearing on the project will begin on June 13 at the offices of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio in Columbus, Ohio, the ALJ said.
Regulatory staff is to file by May 22 its report of investigation, and by May 30, each party is to file a list of issues citing specific concerns about which they may be interested in pursuing cross-examination of witnesses at the evidentiary hearing, the ALJ said.
All expert and factual testimony to be offered by the company is to filed by June 5, the ALJ said, adding that all expert and factual testimony to be offered by intervenors and staff is to be filed by June 9.
The company is a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP).