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Washington Electric Cooperative rebuilding South Olive substation

Posted July 12, 2018

An electric substation in Noble County is undergoing an extensive makeover as part of a collaborative project to improve electric reliability in southeastern Ohio.

Washington Electric Cooperative is investing $2.5 million to rebuild its South Olive substation in order to accommodate new, higher-voltage transmission lines that will connect to the station. Construction began in April and is expected to be completed this fall.

AEP Ohio, AEP Ohio Transmission Company Inc., Buckeye Power and Washington Electric Cooperative reached an agreement in 2014 to improve electric service reliability in Monroe, Noble, and Washington counties. As part of the effort, called the Southeast Ohio Area Improvement project, AEP is replacing and upgrading its aged 23-kilovolt (kV) infrastructure by constructing a new 138-kV transmission grid on new and existing right-of-way.

In turn, Washington Electric will rebuild four of its substations, including the Marietta and Dart substations in Washington County, and the Rinard Mills substation in Monroe County.

“The investments that Washington Electric and AEP are making in the area will have positive effects for decades to come,” said Washington Electric General Manager Jack Bragg. “These will be seen not only in the improvements to service reliability but also to the economic viability of the area. These improvements have been planned and discussed for several years and it is encouraging to see them come to fruition.”

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