Bluffton Area Improvements

    AEP Ohio officials plan to strengthen the electric transmission system in Allen and Hancock counties in northwest Ohio. This project improves electric service reliability and supports economic development.

    The project involves:

    • Building the Boutwell Substation
    • Building approximately 5.5 miles of power line
    • Rebuilding approximately 3 miles of power line

    *Company representatives may announce future components as the project develops

    The improvements:

    • Increase electric service reliability
    • Support economic development

    The project area includes:

    • Village of Bluffton
    • Richland Township in Allen County
    • Orange and Union townships in Hancock County

    Project Updates

    September 2020: Company representatives announced addition project components that involve building about 1.5 miles of power line and rebuilding about 1.5 miles of power line.

    Summer 2019: A public open house took place on June 13, 2019. Company representatives answered questions and gathered input from local residents.

    Early 2020: Company representatives announced a proposed substation location and power line route for a section of the project. Additional project components are still under evaluation.

    Fact Sheet




    The project involves the installation of steel poles.

    • Structure Height: Approximately 70 feet*
    • Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 60 feet*

    *Exact structure, height and right-of-way requirements may vary

    * The accompanying map depicts the project area. It should be noted that the map contained on this site is for information purposes only. AEP reserves the right to alter, change, or amend the map at any time without notice and AEP provides no warranty about the accuracy of content. Keep this in mind when reviewing this map. However, AEP will make all attempts to keep this map as accurate as possible. If you have any questions about the accuracy of the current map please Contact Us.