American Electric Power’s AEP Ohio on Jan. 3 said that an open house will be held on Jan. 15 in Wapakoneta, Ohio to seek public input about the Wapakoneta Area Improvements Project, which includes building about 15 miles of 138-kV power line.
As noted in a project fact sheet, the project also involves building the Gristmill and Gemini substations and upgrading the West Moulton substation.
The improvements provide an additional power source, support economic development, and increase electric service reliability, the company said in its statement.
Noting that the project was announced, and an open house was held, in summer 2018, the company said that as the project development continues, company representatives scheduled a second open house to provide project updates and discuss new potential routes for a section of the power line to help determine a final line route.
As noted in the fact sheet, the project area includes the City of Wapakoneta, as well as Pusheta, Washington, St. Marys, Duchouquet, and Moulton townships in Auglaize County.
According to the project schedule included in the fact sheet, the company will file a letter of notification with the Ohio Power Siting Board for the western section of the project in early 2021; a board decision is anticipated in spring 2021; and construction will be complete at the end of 2022.