The board gave American Transmission Systems Inc., a subsidiary of FirstEnergy, the OK to build the 345-kilovolt line within an existing transmission corridor in Brownhelm Township. As a part of the larger Beaver-Davis Besse transmission line project, the Beaver-Brownhelm transmission line will upgrade the transmission system, meeting electric supply needs in the area, according to a news release.
ATSI filed the application for construction July 31 and was given authorization after a hearing in which three witnesses testified about the proposed line. On Jan. 15, American Transmission Systems and the Siting Board staff filed an agreement that addressed concerns raised in the proceeding.
According to the Siting Board, the agreement is subject to 28 conditions that the company must meet to remediate the environmental and social impacts of the project.
The Siting Board is responsible for reviewing and certifying plans for the construction of new energy facilities in Ohio and ensuring that the facility will benefit citizens, promote the state’s economic interests and protect the environment and land. The Siting Board’s certification process includes holding hearings to allow residents to voice their opinions and concerns on proposed projects.