New Liberty - East Leipsic 138-kV Upgrade Project

This project involves:

  • Upgrading about 20 miles of 34.5-kilovolt (kV) transmission line to 138-kV standards
  • Replacing aging wooden poles with single steel poles and new wire
  • Retiring the McComb Substation and building Rader Road Substation on the same property
  • Expanding East Leipsic Substation

The project strengthens the local electric system by replacing infrastructure that has shown significant deterioration resulting in service interruptions. Upgrading the power line voltage ensures the transmission network supports additional electric load growth in the area. A stronger transmission grid also benefits local distribution companies and electric cooperatives who receive power from the transmission lines.

Company representatives plan to rebuild a majority of the power line in or near the existing right-of-way, which may require acquiring new or updating existing property easements. Route options are being evaluated in a few areas.

*This project requires Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) approval.

Project Updates

AEP Ohio will host an in-person open house and invite you to learn more and share your input on the two route alternatives for the 20-mile power line. on possible route alternatives for the power line. Please join us from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, at Findlay Elks Lodge located at 900 West Melrose Avenue in Findlay. Visitors can view detailed maps and talk with team members about the project. There is no formal presentation, so you can arrive at any time during the event. You may also provide comments through the comment form below. Please share your input by October 21.

AEP Ohio hosted a virtual open house to introduce proposed study segments and answer questions related to the project in fall 2021.


Project Map (PDF)


Project Timeline



The project involves the use of single steel poles.

Typical Pole Height Range: Approximately 75-95 feet*
Typical Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 100 feet*

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


AEP Right-of-Way Process Virtual Open House Project Fact Sheet Access Roads Field Activities

AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers.

Maggie Beggs

Project Outreach Specialist

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