FirstEnergy’s American Transmission Systems, Incorporated (ATSI) on Jan. 2 filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board a preapplication notification letter for the Beaver-Wellington 138-kV Transmission Line Project, which involves building an approximately 23.2-mile line that would extend from the existing Beaver substation in the City of Lorain, Lorain County, Ohio, to the existing Wellington substation in Wellington Township, Lorain County.
The project is needed to improve the reliability of electrical service to the area, the company said, adding that the project would reduce the risk of a regional outage, improve voltage stability in the area, and allow for future load growth as new businesses and homes are built.
The project consists of three primary components:
- Expanding an existing 138-kV substation in Wellington Township to facilitate installation of new equipment
- Building about one-mile-long and four-mile-long sections of the new 138-kV line
- Reconfiguring the existing 138-kV transmission lines to create the new 138-kV line
The company added that due to the size of the project and the location of the two project components that would require new construction, ATSI has scheduled two public informational meetings for the project scheduled for:
- Jan. 7 from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., in Amherst, Ohio
- Jan. 8 from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., in Wellington, Ohio
ATSI said that it will file a full application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the project in February.