American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) AEP Ohio Transmission Company (AEP Ohio Transco) on Feb. 22 filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) a pre-application notification letter regarding its proposed Glencoe-Speidel 138-kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project, which involves rebuilding and upgrading about 12.7 miles of existing power lines.
The project traverses Smith, Goshen, and Warren townships in Belmont County, the company said, adding that the last major reinforcement in that area was done more than 60 years ago.
The existing 69-kV facilities, which were built in the 1940s, would be replaced with 138-kV lines and structures that are somewhat taller and of sturdier construction. The company also said that the upgraded transmission line would allow the lines to carry more current.
The project would help ensure the continued reliability of the transmission system, which is vital to current customers and supports the development of the area’s economy, the company said.
AEP Ohio Transco noted that it anticipates that the approximately $15m project would contribute about $450,000 in property taxes annually to the community.
The company also said that it plans to hold a public informational meeting on March 15 in Belmont.
The company said that it expects to file an application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the project with the OPSB in June.
AEP Ohio Transco noted that it anticipates completion of the project in 2021.