Harrison Power Transmission, LLC and the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) staff – collectively referred to as the parties – on Sept. 18 filed with the OPSB a joint stipulation and recommendation in relation to the Harrison Power 138-kV Transmission Line Project.
The stipulation is intended to resolve all matters pertinent to the certification and construction of the proposed line, which Harrison Power intends to build, and would connect a new natural gas-fired combined-cycle electric generating facility located in the Village of Cadiz, Harrison County, Ohio, to the AEP Nottingham substation located in Athens Township, Harrison County. The OPSB approved the generating facility in June, the parties added in their filing.
Harrison Power proposed that the line be built within one of two rights of way (ROWs). The Modified Preferred ROW would be about 4.36 miles and the Alternate ROW would be about 5.26 miles, the parties added, noting that about 23% of the Alternate ROW overlaps with the Modified Preferred ROW to minimize impacts. Both ROWs are largely adjacent to an existing electric transmission line or natural gas pipeline for about 3.4 miles. The parties also said that either ROW would run entirely over participating private property and would be about 200 feet wide.
The parties recommend that the OPSB issue a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the proposed line. The parties also said that recommended conditions include that the facility be installed on Harrison Power’s Modified Preferred Route as presented in the application and as modified by, for instance, Harrison Power’s Sept. 14 pre-filed direct testimony.
Other recommended conditions include that Harrison Power is to conduct a preconstruction conference prior to the start of any construction activities, and that within 60 days after the start of commercial operation, Harrison Power is to submit to staff a copy of the as-built specifications for the entire facility.
Another recommended condition calls for the certificate to become invalid if the company has not commenced a continuous course of construction of the proposed facility within five years of the date of journalization of the certificate.
In addition, prior to the commencement of construction, Harrison Power is to finalize coordination of the assessment of potential effects of the proposed facility on cultural resources, if any, with staff and the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.
The parties further noted that the company is to contact staff, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) within 24 hours if state or federal listed species are encountered during construction activities.
Another recommended condition calls for Harrison Power to adhere to seasonal cutting dates of Oct. 1 through March 31 for removal of any trees greater than or equal to three inches in diameter, unless coordination efforts with the ODNR and the USFWS allow a different course of action, the parties said.