New AEP substation approved

American Electric Power won state approval Monday to build an $11-million substation on farmland two miles northeast of Findlay.

The 138-kilovolt substation, to be built in 2015, will aid development and reduce power outages in Hancock County and northwestern Ohio, American Electric Power said. It will be on 67 acres southwest of the intersection of Hancock County 216 and Cass Township 238.

Substation equipment would occupy four acres. One line will be operational by January 2015 and the substation is scheduled to be fully operational by Dec. 29, 2015, said American Electric Power.

The substation was approved Monday by the Ohio Power Siting Board, an independent board within the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Besides the new substation, the utility plans to make improvements at several existing substations and upgrade and reroute existing transmission lines. The work will include replacing and upgrading several existing towers and structures.

“Without this reinforcement plan, the performance of the company’s transmission system will be inadequate to provide the level of service that its customers need and expect,” American Electric Power has said.

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