Open houses scheduled in Indiana, Ohio regarding AEP proposals

AEP Ohio said that an open house will be held on June 13 in Bluffton, Ohio, so that community members and landowners may learn more about its plans to conduct studies to assess the feasibility of upgrades to the electric transmission network serving customers in Allen and Hancock counties in northwest Ohio

American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) on June 6 said that an open house will be held on June 20 in Yorktown, Ind., regarding its proposed Yorktown Area Improvements Project, which involves upgrading about two miles of 34.5-kV transmission line to 69-kV standards.

The company also said that the approximate $6.5m investment to upgrade the electric transmission network serving customers in Delaware County in eastern Indiana are designed to help ensure reliability for customers, as well as support economic development.

The company said that it plans to rebuild some sections of the power line in its existing right of way (ROW), and that other sections of the project may include reroutes, as well as require new easements.

According to the project schedule included in a fact sheet, the final line route announcement is slated for late fall; ROW activities would occur late fall 2019 to late 2021; field surveys and engineering would occur spring 2020 to late 2020; pre-construction activities would occur fall 2021 to early 2022; transmission line construction would occur early 2022 to summer 2022, with the facilities placed in service that summer, as well; and restoration would occur in fall 2022.

The fact sheet also noted that the company would build the line with steel monopole structures averaging 75 feet in height, with structures to be placed within a 60-foot ROW.

AEP Ohio improvements

In other AEP news, AEP Ohio late last month said that an open house will be held on June 13 in Bluffton, Ohio, so that community members and landowners may learn more about its plans to conduct studies to assess the feasibility of upgrades to the electric transmission network serving customers in Allen and Hancock counties in northwest Ohio.

The company said that the area’s power grid must be upgraded because of the age and condition of transmission facilities, with preliminary solutions to improve electric reliability possibly including rebuilding some existing power lines, building new power lines, adding a substation, and/or upgrading other substations in the area.

The study area includes Bluffton, Richland Township in Allen County, as well as Orange and Union townships in Hancock County, the company said. The improvements under consideration would increase electric reliability for customers, as well as support economic development, AEP Ohio said.

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