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AEP Ohio Plans Electric Transmission Improvements in Northwest Ohio

March 18, 2021
Project involves upgrading 25 miles of 34.5-kV transmission line, building 10 miles of 69-kV power line.

AEP Ohio officials are planning to upgrade the electric transmission grid serving customers in Hardin, Hancock, Wyandot, and Seneca counties.

The Dunkirk-Berwick Area Improvements Project involves:

  • Upgrading about 25 miles of 34.5-kV transmission line to 69-kV standards
  • Building 10 miles of 69-kV power line
  • Building substations in Dunkirk, Arlington, and Carey

The project includes rebuilding the 25 miles of power line primarily in the company's current right of way. Improvements to the nearly 100-year-old power line can help reduce the likelihood of larger, sustained community power outages.

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

AEP representatives are evaluating route options for the new 10-mile power line and seeking public input to help determine a final power line route. Company officials expect construction to begin in fall 2022 and conclude in fall 2025.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the physical distancing recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, AEP Ohio has invited landowners and community members to a virtual open house to learn more about the project and provide feedback.

To access project information, view an interactive map, enter the virtual open house, and submit comments, visit here.

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