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OPSB approves AEP Ohio’s proposed 138 kV line project [free access]

October 1, 2018

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) has granted a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need (CECPN) for the construction of 138 kV Rouse–Bell Ridge and Buckley Road–Fremont Center transmission line projects, being developed by American Electric Power’s (AEP) subsidiary, AEP Ohio Transmission Company. The projects have been proposed to improve the reliability of power in Ohio.


The USD20 million Rouse–Bell Ridge project involves the construction of approximately 12.7 miles (20.4 km) of 138 kV line extending from the proposed Rouse substation in the southern part of Monroe County to the proposed Bell Ridge substation in east-central Washington County.


On the other hand, the Buckley Road–Fremont Center line project entails the rebuilding of a 15.4-mile-long (24.5 km) ageing and deteriorating section of the existing 17.6-mile (28.3 km), 69 kV Allendale–Fremont Center transmission line in Seneca and Sandusky counties in Ohio.


The projects are expected to be commissioned by the end of 2020.