AEP Ohio
AEP Ohio schedules open house to discuss electric transmission line in new Albany
Thursday, Aug 24, 2017
AEP Ohio and AEP Ohio Transmission Company, Inc. are announcing an approximate $30 million investment to the electric transmission grid in northern Franklin and Licking counties utilizing the Breakthrough Overhead Line Design (BOLD) system developed by AEP. This is the first project in Ohio to feature BOLD structures. BOLD structures allow more energy to be delivered in a smaller footprint using a shorter structure height in a more contemporary design.

“It is exciting to bring the latest and greatest technology in the electric transmission industry to Ohio,” said Julie Sloat, AEP Ohio president and chief operating officer. “Our engineers are among the best in the business. We look to continuously develop new technologies and improve existing ones to transmit more reliable power and lower costs.”

This project will support the local economic development and improve the electric transmission reliability in New Albany. To learn more about this project, the public is invited to attend a project open house on Sept. 5 at New Albany Methodist, 20 Third Street, New Albany, Ohio. 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 project.

Construction of the New Albany BOLD Transmission Line Project is scheduled to begin in early 2018. The project includes replacing 6.5 miles of existing 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission lines with new 345kV and 138 kV transmission lines. Existing wooden structures will be replaced with BOLD structures. The project is expected to be complete one year after construction begins. BOLD structures have been successfully installed in Indiana.

AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power. AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers. News and information about AEP Ohio can be found at

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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