AEP OHIO to Upgrade Electric Grid in Southeastern Ohio and West Virginia
As part of a regional upgrade to the transmission grid in southeastern Ohio and West Virginia, AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power, and the AEP Ohio Transmission Company plan to replace the existing wire on a 345-kV transmission line that runs from Waterford, Ohio, to New Haven, West Virginia. All of the work will take place within existing transmission line right of way, and more than 90 percent of it will be done on existing towers. Fourteen towers will be replaced with new towers, and four additional ones will be added. The new wire will be the same voltage but able to carry more current. The $70 million line replacement project is expected to be complete by June 2015.