Biers Run-Hopetown-Delano Transmission Line Project

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Demand for electricity has increased in Ross and Pickaway counties. AEP Ohio must reinforce the electric transmission grid in the area to protect against overloads and ensure reliability. AEP Ohio proposed the Biers Run Reliability Improvement Project, which includes construction of a substation and four transmission lines.

The Biers Run-Hopetown-Delano Transmission Line will connect the new Biers Run Station to the proposed Hopetown Station and to the Delano Station. The Hopetown Station will replace the existing Camp Sherman Station. The company will construct two new 138-kV circuits to reinforce the 138-kV and 69-kV transmission systems. The company will also make improvements at several existing substations and upgrades to existing transmission lines.

Prior to filing its Biers Run-Hopetown-Delano Transmission Line Project application with the power siting board, AEP Ohio Transmission Company hosted a public information meeting for residents in the project area. Information and comments received from this meeting are part of the application the company filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board.

AEP Ohio filed its application for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need with the Ohio Power Siting Board in January 2014. The Ohio Power Siting Board will hold public hearings in the local area and in Columbus to hear testimony about the Project.

Fact Sheet

Project Benefits

AEP Ohio’s $97 million Biers Run Project reinforces the local transmission grid and ultimately improves electric reliability for homes and businesses in southern Ohio. This improvement in the power infrastructure will allow the region to grow and compete for new and expanded business investment.

Local communities will see higher tax revenue from both the new substation and transmission lines. Additionally, the project will provide approximately 50 construction jobs during the peak of construction.

Purpose and Need

Growth of electric demand in Ross and Pickaway County is straining the existing infrastructure to the point that electric service problems could develop unless the area is reinforced. Left unchecked, there will be increased reli­ability concerns, particularly potential low voltages and thermal overloads under certain conditions.

Currently, the three 138-kV transmission lines servicing Chillicothe and Circleville deliver power from one substation to the next. They are known individually as the Harrison-Circleville, Poston-Ross and Waverly-Ross Transmission Lines. Simultaneous outages on any two of these circuits could result in severely depressed voltages throughout the area.

AEP studies indicate that without this reinforcement plan, there could be uncontrolled widespread power outages affecting major portions of southern Ohio.  Without upgrades, the performance of the company’s transmission system will not provide the level of service that its customers depend upon.

Typical Structures

  • Single-pole structures were selected to minimize physical and perceived visual impact of facilities.
  • Will be built as a single circuit. Poles are double-circuit capable (can add a second circuit on same pole if a second circuit is needed in the future). No second circuit is planned.
  • Pole height average 95-100 feet above ground.

Routing

AEP strives to find the best power line corridors with the least impact on people and the environment. Broad corridors are first identified using all publicly recorded data on environmental, cultural and historic resources. Based on further study and public input, AEP proposes possible route alternatives to the OPSB. Throughout the regulatory process, AEP continues to gather additional public input and work with property owners to refine the proposed corridors.

If the OPSB determines the project is indeed necessary for the public good and identifies a project corridor, AEP works with individual property owners to locate the power line right of way on individual properties.

Right of Way Clearing and Maintenance

To safeguard the reliability of our transmission delivery system and our customers’ electric service, AEP has developed a vegetation management program to control the growth of trees and other vegetation around our transmission facilities and rights of way. The program balances our customers’ need for reliable energy with respect for the natural environment that surrounds our facilities.

Our goals are to:

  • Protect our system and minimize outages
  • Minimize any adverse environmental impacts
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations
  • Perform our work as safely and economically as possible, and
  • Maintain a positive relationship with land owners and the public.

Contact Us

To ask questions, make comments or express concerns about this project, the public may call the AEP Ohio Transmission Project Information Line (highlighted below), and leave a detailed message and their contact information.

  • AEP Ohio Transmission Project Information Line: 614-883-6929 or toll-free 1-877-215-9261
  • Email inquiries can be sent to Brett Schmied, beschmied@aep.com


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