By 1808Delaware

AEP Ohio has filed a notice with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio related to its plans to construct new high voltage lines in Delaware and Licking Counties.

This move comes as the Intel and other development projects, together with the construction of new residences in central Ohio, are resulting in an estimated quadrupling of power needs in just the next three or four years.

The 12 miles of lines would run from near Sunbury southeast toward the Intel site.

The “Pre-Application Notification Letter” filed by AEP Ohio reads as follows: 

“AEP Ohio Transmission Company, Inc. (the “Company”) files this pre-application notification letter for the above-referenced Project pursuant to Rule 4906-6-03(A) of the Ohio Administrative Code. The Company is proposing the Vassell – Curleys 345 kV Transmission Line Project (the “Project”), located within Berkshire, Harlem, and Trenton townships in Delaware County, Ohio and Jersey and Monroe townships in Licking County, Ohio. The Project involves constructing approximately 12 miles of new 345 kV transmission line between the existing Vassell 345 kV Station (approved Case No. 11-1313-EL-BSB) and the proposed Curleys 345 kV Station (to be filed under separate application). The Project will use the Company’s Breakthrough Overhead Line Design (“BOLD”), consisting of steel monopole structures on a new 150-foot right-of-way (“ROW”). This Project is in conjunction with the Company’s recently filed Vassell – Green Chapel 345 kV Transmission Line (Case No. 24-0014-EL-BLN). The Company anticipates that construction of the Project will begin in April 2026. The anticipated in-service date for the Project is March 2027. “

This notice was filed on March 14. Since that date, additional filings have been made by other parties, including a Notice of Intervention by Harlem Township.

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