GAHANNA, Ohio, Nov. 16, 2020 – AEP Ohio representatives plan an approximate $64 million investment to upgrade the electric transmission grid serving customers in Southeast Columbus and Groveport.
The Southeast Columbus Area Improvements Project involves:
- Building approximately 5 miles of 138-kilovolt (kV) transmission line between Groves and Shannon substations
- Rebuilding approximately 4.5 miles of 138-kV transmission line between Astor and Shannon substations
- Rebuilding approximately 4.5 miles of 138-kV transmission line between Bixby and Shannon substations
- Expanding Shannon Substation near the intersection of Shannon Road and Brice Road
The Improvements help increase electric reliability, reduce the likelihood of extended power outages and speed recovery of service when outages occur.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, landowners and community members are invited to a virtual open house to learn more and share input, particularly on possible route options. Please visit AEPOhio.com/SoutheastColumbus to access project information, view an interactive map and submit comments through the “Contact Us” link by Friday, Dec. 4.
AEP Ohio representatives encourage landowners to provide input to help the company determine a final proposed power line route that minimizes impacts to the community and environment.
Company officials expect construction to begin in Spring 2022 and conclude in Spring 2025.
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AEP Ohio delivers electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers of AEP’s subsidiary Ohio Power Co. in Ohio. AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power. News and information about AEP Ohio can be found at AEPOhio.com.
American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s more than 18,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,340 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities 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 also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners, and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.