American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) AEP Ohio Transmission Company (AEP Ohio Transco) on Oct. 11 filed a pre-application notification letter with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB), noting that it expects to file an application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the Buckley Road-Fremont Center Project with the OPSB in January.
The project, which is also called the Fostoria-Fremont Transmission Line Rebuild Project, involves rebuilding and redesigning existing aging 69-kV transmission infrastructure that needs to be upgraded in order to improve reliability for customers across the region, the company said.
The project would upgrade the existing 69-kV line to a 138-kV transmission line, which would improve electric service reliability for customers, decrease power interruptions, and speed service restoration when outages do occur, the company said.
The project would be about 15 miles long and likely run through Jackson and Liberty townships in Seneca County, as well as Jackson and Ballville townships in Sandusky County, AEP Ohio Transco said, noting that it plans to use primarily steel single pole structures to build the project.
The company said that it estimates that the project would require an approximate $22m investment.
The new line would have steel poles, conductor, shield wire, and associated hardware.
AEP Ohio Transco also said that it plans to hold a public information meeting on Nov. 1 in Bettsville, Ohio.