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AEP Ohio schedules open house to discuss electric transmission line in Ross County
Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017
AEP Ohio and AEP Ohio Transmission Company Inc. are announcing an approximate $19 million investment to the electric transmission grid in Ross County. An open house has been scheduled to inform those in the area about the proposed Springfield 138 kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project and Liberty 138 kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project.

Combined, these projects will replace approximately 12 miles of transmission line to  improve reliability of the electric transmission grid in Ross and Jackson counties. These projects will run through Springfield, Jefferson and Liberty townships in Ross County and Coal, Liberty, Jackson and Lick Townships in Jackson County. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2018 and be complete by spring 2021.

To learn more about this project, the public is invited to attend a project open house on September 18 at God’s Community Outreach, 27307 Old US RT 35, Chillicothe, OH 45601. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event will run until 7:30 p.m. The informational open house provides residents the opportunity to meet and talk with project representatives. There is no formal presentation. Visitors may come and go at any time during the open house. Residents can offer input, ask questions of project team members and learn more about the new transmission line.

“The open house allows us to interact with public and receive valuable input early in the process,” said Jon Buck, external affairs manager for AEP Ohio. “This is also an opportunity to inform community members about our siting process and how we work collaboratively with local government, land owners and others to find a route that makes sense.”

These projects are part of the larger Ross-Jackson Area Improvements Project, which will be an approximate $41 million investment. This larger effort will bring needed improvements to the electric transmission grid in Ross and Jackson counties. The project includes upgrading aging infrastructure, replacing poles and building new lines to expand the capabilities of the system.

American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 224,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 26,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP’s utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.

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