American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) AEP Ohio Transmission Company (AEP Ohio Transco) on May 16 told the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) that construction of the Yager-Desert Road 138-kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project began on May 15.
As TransmissionHub reported, OPSB staff, in a March 8 report, recommended that the OPSB approve AEP Ohio Transco’s application involving proposed adjustments to the company’s approved rebuild project, as long as the company continues to adhere to the conditions listed in a May 2017 order that approved the project (Case No. 16-0535-EL-BTX).
Proposed adjustments are proffered following final detailed engineering, land surveying, and property owner discussions regarding the approved route, staff said in its March report, noting that the proposed adjustments do not involve any new property owners and the type of transmission equipment – related to transmission voltage, structure, and conductor types – would not change.
The company states that the economic impact would not change as a result of the adjustments, staff said, adding that the need for the facility and grid impacts associated with the facility remain the same as was approved in Case No. 16-0535-EL-BTX.
As noted in AEP Ohio Transco’s January amendment to its application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the project, the company in July 2016 submitted a certificate application to the OPSB for the project; a supplement to the application for a small route change was docketed in February 2017. The OPSB issued its certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the preferred route in May 2017.
The purpose of the project is to rebuild the existing Yager-Desert Road portion of the Dennison-Desert Road line and in the process upgrade it to 138-kV design standards.
The company said in its January filing that the project has an estimated in-service date of November 2020.