GAHANNA, Ohio, September 22, 2022 – AEP Ohio representatives plan to upgrade the electric transmission grid serving customers in Huron and Ashland counties.
The South Greenwich – New London Transmission Line Project involves:
- Building approximately 10 miles of 69-kilovolt (kV) power line from First Energy's New London Substation, located off First Street in New London, to AEP Ohio's South Greenwich Substation, located off Base Line Road near State Route 13 in Greenwich.
- Installing a 69-kV switch pole near AEP Ohio's Greenwich Substation, between Townsend Road and North Kiffin Street in the village of Greenwich. Installation includes rebuilding or relocating the transmission line connecting to the switch pole.
Landowners and community members are invited to an open house to learn more and share input, particularly on possible route options for the new power line. The public event takes place on Wednesday, October 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the South Central Elementary School Gymnasium located at 3291 Greenwich Angling Road in Greenwich. There is no formal presentation. Attendees can arrive any time during the event.
Improvements to the transmission grid address below-average reliability concerns. Building approximately 10 miles of transmission line provides a second source of electricity to the area. In the event a line experiences an outage or needs maintenance, the other line can continue to serve customers. Switch poles isolate equipment from the power grid and improve operational flexibility. A stronger transmission grid also benefits local distribution companies, such as Firelands Electric Cooperative and First Energy, that receive power from the transmission lines.
For the community's safety, the AEP Ohio project team will provide masks and hand sanitizer at the open house. If you are experiencing fever, cough, body aches or other COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home for the safety of your neighbors and AEP staff.
Those who are not able to attend the may visit a virtual open house at AEPOhio.com/SouthGreenwich-NewLondon
to access project information, view an interactive map, enter our virtual open house and submit comments by Friday, October 21
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 2025 and conclude in spring 2026.
About AEP Ohio
AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power. AEP Ohio provides electricity to 1.5 million customers. News and information about AEP Ohio can be found at AEPOhio.com.
American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is powering a cleaner, brighter energy future for its customers and communities. AEP’s approximately 16,700 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 224,000 miles of distribution lines to safely deliver reliable and affordable power to 5.5 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 31,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including more than 7,100 megawatts of renewable energy. The company’s plans include growing its renewable generation portfolio to approximately 50% of total capacity by 2030. AEP is on track to reach an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2000 levels by 2030 and has committed to achieving net zero by 2050. AEP is recognized consistently for its focus on sustainability, community engagement, and diversity, equity and inclusion. 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, east Texas and the Texas Panhandle). AEP also owns AEP Energy, which provides innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide. For more information, visit aep.com.