March 18, 2014
Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), in conjunction with AEP Oklahoma Transmission Company announced plans to invest in electric transmission infrastructure in Beckham, Kiowa and Washita counties. The Western Oklahoma Transmission Reinforcement Project will address existing system overloads as well as ensure reliable electric service and capacity for future growth in the region.
Plans include building a new substation approximately 15 miles west of Elk City. In addition, the company will construct approximately 70 miles of new 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission lines starting at the proposed substation and travelling east to connect with an OG&E 345 kV transmission line near Mountain View. The investments are expected to total an estimated $120 million.
Plans call for the project to be complete in 2018. Before work begins, the company will identify preliminary line routes and seek input from the public.
Area residents wishing to provide feedback, view the study area or obtain additional information on the Western Oklahoma Transmission Reinforcement Project can visit www.AEPTransmission.com/Oklahoma/WesternReinforcement. The public can also provide comments and view the preliminary line corridors at an informational open house on Tuesday, April 29, from 4-8 p.m. at the Elk City Convention Center, 1016 E. Airport Industrial Road, Elk City, OK. Landowners along the preliminary corridors will be contacted by the company prior to the open house.
The need for this project to address existing system overloads was identified by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a Regional Transmission Organization. SPP operates under federal mandate to ensure reliable supplies to power, adequate transmission infrastructure, and reasonable wholesale rates.
PSO, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), is an electric utility company serving approximately 540,000 customers in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma. Based in Tulsa, PSO has 4,269 megawatts of generating capacity and provides electricity to 230 cities and towns across a service area encompassing 30,000 square miles. News releases and other information about PSO can be found on the World Wide Web at PSOklahoma.com.
An affiliate of PSO, AEP Oklahoma Transmission Company, Inc. is a transmission-only company that finances, develops, constructs, owns and operates transmission assets in the PSO service territory.
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