AEP Ohio
AEP Ohio schedules second round of open houses to discuss electric transmission lines in Monroe and Washington counties
Monday, Oct 02, 2017
AEP Ohio, AEP Ohio Transmission Company Inc., Buckeye Power and Washington Electric Cooperative are taking the next step to improve electric service in Marietta and the surrounding area. This includes building two transmission lines in Monroe and Washington counties.

The community and landowners in the project area are invited to attend an open house on Oct. 11 at Marietta High School on 115 Academy Drive in Marietta and on Oct. 12 at Frontier High School on 44870 State Route 7 in New Matamoras. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The events will run to 7:30 p.m. The informational open house provides attendees the opportunity to talk with company representatives, view detailed maps and provide input on the proposed study segments and the overall project. There is no formal presentation. Visitors may come and go at any time during the open house.

Combined, these projects will represent an approximate $50 million investment by AEP in the region. The project consists of building about 25 miles of 138 kilovolt transmission line. These projects will likely run through Bethel and Washington townships in Monroe County and Liberty, Ludlow, Independence, Lawrence, Fearing and Muskingum townships in Washington County. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2019 and be complete by summer 2021.

This project will improve service for customers by reducing the number of power outages and speeding service restoration when outages occur. In addition, this line is needed to support future economic growth in the region.

“We took the input we received from the community during our first open house to refine our route options” said Liz Decima, project manager for AEP Ohio. “We have completed our field work and we are reaching out to the residents again to show our updated transmission line route options before filing these projects with the Ohio Power Siting Board.”

AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power. AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers. News and information about AEP Ohio can be found at

American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 224,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 26,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP’s utility units operate as 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’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.

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