Power board approves Melmore Substation

COLUMBUS – Ohio Power Siting Board Monday approved American Electric Power Transmission Co.’s plans to construct the Melmore Substation in Eden Township.

The 138-kilovolt substation is designed to reinforce AEP’s transmission system in northwest Ohio.

AEP is to build the substation on a 13.4-acre site 4 miles southwest of Tiffin, and it will connect with two existing transmission lines.

According to AEP, the substation will generate more than $250,000 in annual property taxes during the first year of operation, which will be allocated among Mohawk and Vanguard-Sentinel school districts; Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties; Seneca County Commission on Aging; and Mohawk Community Library.

AEP filed the project application Aug. 12, 2013.

According to a news release, OPSB found in its investigation the project would have minimal impact to the surrounding areas, but did condition its recommendations to include landscaping for a neighboring property.

A local public hearing took place April 3.

For more information, look up OPSB case No. 13-0522-EL-BSB at www.OPSB.ohio.gov .