Reliability is a responsibility that Duke Energy takes very seriously. Demand for energy has grown in southwestern Ohio, and Duke Energy is committed to providing dependable, cost-effective and reliable electric service to our customers.
As part of our continuous assessment of the energy grid, we’ve identified a need to reroute and extend an existing 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line to a new switching facility to be built on the property of Air Products, located at 2500 Yankee Road in Middletown, Ohio.
Before we planned the new route for the power line and extension, we conducted studies and gathered information pertaining to this area in Butler County, Ohio.
Public participation is a vital part of Duke Energy’s siting process. It provides us an opportunity to engage local residents and key stakeholders for input, and to share information about the project. Property owners were invited to contribute questions/comments about the siting study by June 15, 2017.
A July 28 mailing informed property owners of the selected route, which was option 2. We believe this route is the best overall choice for the community, the environment and the project.
In the coming months, Duke Energy land acquisition agents will contact affected property owners to discuss the need for land surveys and any land rights, also called easements. At that time, the agents will describe the process for land rights acquisition and answer any questions that property owners may have.
We expect construction on this project to begin in October 2017 and end by fall 2018. The transmission line extension will use galvanized, steel poles for construction.