American Electric Power’s (AEP) AEP Ohio on March 16 said that it is planning to upgrade the electric transmission grid serving customers in Hardin, Hancock, Wyandot, and Seneca counties in Ohio through the Dunkirk-Berwick Area Improvements Project, which includes upgrading about 25 miles of 34.5-kV transmission line to 69-kV standards, primarily in the company’s current right of way (ROW).
The project also involves building 10 miles of 69-kV power line and building substations in Dunkirk, Arlington, and Carey in Ohio, the company said.
As noted in a project fact sheet, the new substations are the Rangeline substation in Dunkirk; the East Arlington substation in Arlington; and the West Crawford substation in Carey.
Improvements to the nearly 100-year-old line can help reduce the likelihood of larger, sustained community power outages, the company said, adding that the proposed 10-mile power line adds a second source of electricity in the area to ensure service reliability during equipment maintenance.
The company said that it is evaluating route options for the new 10-mile line and seeks public input to help determine a final line route.
Landowners and community members are invited to a virtual open house, the company said, noting that individuals may visit AEPOhio.com/Dunkirk-Berwick to access project information, view an interactive map, enter the virtual open house, and submit comments through a “Contact Us” link by April 5.
The company said that it expects construction to begin in fall 2022 and conclude in fall 2025.