Carriage-Hanville Transmission Line Project
In order to ensure greater reliability for its members, Firelands Electric Cooperative and Buckeye Power, the generation and transmission co-op serving Ohio’s electric cooperatives, have been working with FirstEnergy to address concerns in a large portion of Firelands’ service territory. As a result of these talks, FirstEnergy is building a 69-kilovolt transmission line that will enhance reliability for Firelands Electric Cooperative members, along with customers of Ohio Edison. The new transmission line will resolve dependability concerns and improve the region’s transmission system. The proposed 11-mile transmission line will be located from just west of Norwalk to north of North Fairfield through Ridgefield, Peru, Greenfield, and Fairfield townships, between two existing Ohio Edison substations. American Transmission Systems, Inc., a FirstEnergy company, will be building the line.
This transmission project will enhance system reliability by establishing a two-way feed to substations serving about half of Firelands Electric Cooperatives’ membership. This will allow FirstEnergy to quickly isolate issues, potentially reducing outages caused by failed transmission from hours to minutes.
FirstEnergy conducted a routing study to determine the best possible routes to minimize impact on local communities and the environment. The route includes new construction that will follow existing roadways for about nine miles before connecting with an existing transmission line. The line will run from Ohio Edison’s Carriage substation on Halfway Road south to Johnson Road, travel west to Peru Center Road and then south again until it meets up with the existing transmission line. The existing line will be rebuilt between that spot and the Hanville substation to the east. Click here to view a map of the new transmission line.
FirstEnergy has obtained all permits and easements to allow construction to begin January 3, 2017. The project is expected to be completed and in service by the end of 2017.