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AEP Ohio Plans Electric Transmission Upgrades in Northwest Ohio

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Transmission project involves improving 25 miles of 34.5-kV power line and building another ten miles of 69-kV transmission line

AEP, one of America's largest utilities, is planning to help consumers in Ohio by upgrading the electric transmission grid in the Dunkirk-Berwick area, serving Hardin, Hancock, Wyandot, and Seneca counties.

The Dunkirk-Berwick Improvements Project will involve:

  • Bringing about 25 miles of 34.5-kV transmission line up to 69-kV standards

  • Laying ten miles of 69-kV power line

  • Constructing new substations in Dunkirk, Arlington, and Carey

The project includes rebuilding some nearly 100-year-old power line, with the intention of reducing the likelihood of larger, sustained community power outages.

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The proposed 10-mile electric line adds a second source of power in the area to ensure continuous service during equipment maintenance.

The project is in the planning and consultation stage, to determine the optimum route for the power cables. Once planning and permitting is complete, the company expects construction to start in late 2022 and conclude during 2025.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the physical distancing recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, AEP Ohio has invited stakeholders to an online virtual open house, instead of the usual physical location with displayed plans, to learn more about the project and provide feedback to the project team.

To access the project information, look at an interactive map, enter the virtual open house, and submit comments, click on the link here.

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