The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved AEP Ohio Transmission Company (AEP Ohio Transco) application to construct the Elk 138-kilovolt (138-kV) Transmission Line in Vinton and Jackson counties.
AEP has a critical need to reinforce and rebuild its 69-kV transmission system in eastern Vinton County and northeastern Jackson County in Ohio. As required by Ohio law, AEP Ohio Transco proposed a preferred and an alternate route for the project. Both proposals share a 13.5 mile long common route, from the Poston-Lick 138-kV transmission line, running to the east of McArthur, Ohio. From there, the preferred route continues along an existing line corridor for 3.7 miles into Jackson County. In all, the Elk transmission line is 17.2 miles in length.
Prior to filing its Elk Transmission Line Project application with the power siting board, AEP Ohio Transco on Aug. 17, 2011, 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 OPSB on Jan. 3, 2012. The siting board conducted a local public hearing on the project on Dec. 6, 2012.
The line is needed to maintain reliable electric service to AEP’s customers in the region. The new line is designed to prevent overloads of critical facilities and provide sufficient capacity for future growth and development in the area, where the load is projected to increase more than 1.5 percent each year for the next 10 years. Without these improvements AEP engineers project the performance of the company’s transmission system in the area will deteriorate to unacceptable levels, jeopardizing the reliability of electric service for our customers.
The application to construct the Elk Transmission Line Project addresses need, technical issues, project finances, land use, cultural, ecological, environmental and socioeconomic issues.
More information about the OPSB process and a copy of AEP’s certified application can be found at www.opsb.ohio.gov under case number 11-4505-EL-BTX.
The public may ask questions, make comments or express concerns about the project by calling the AEP Ohio Transmission Project Information Line (highlighted below) and leaving a detailed message and their contact information.
AEP Ohio Transmission Project Information Line: 614-883-6929 or toll-free 1-877-215-9261.