American Electric Power’s (AEP) AEP Ohio on Nov. 16 said that it plans an approximate $65m investment to upgrade the electric transmission grid serving customers in Southeast Columbus and Groveport in Ohio, through the Southeast Columbus Area Improvements Project, which includes building about five miles of 138-kV transmission line between the Groves and Shannon substations.
The project also involves:
- Rebuilding about 4.5 miles of 138-kV transmission line between the Astor and Shannon substations
- Rebuilding about 4.5 miles of 138-kV transmission line between the Bixby and Shannon substations
- Expanding the Shannon substation near the intersection of Shannon Road and Brice Road
The company added that the improvements are designed to help increase electric reliability, reduce the likelihood of extended power outages, and speed recovery of service when outages occur.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, landowners and community members are invited to a virtual open house to learn more about, as well as share input on, the project, the company said, noting that individuals may submit comments online by Dec. 4.
As noted on the project fact sheet, the project requires Ohio Power Siting Board approval.
The project area includes the City of Columbus, the City of Groveport, as well as Truro and Madison townships in Franklin County.
The fact sheet also noted that the company is scheduled to file a full application with the board in early 2022; an OPSB decision on the application is anticipated in fall 2022; and construction, if the project is approved, is set to occur from spring 2022 to spring 2025.