OEC and AEP improve Muskingum County electric transmission grid


CONTACT: Magen Howard

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In an effort to improve electric service reliability, Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives and American Electric Power jointly announced today that the organizations have developed an electric transmission line that stretches from Zanesville to Mount Sterling. Benefactors of the project include Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative consumers.

The local portion, the West Zanesville 69-kilovolt Transmission Line Project, saw nearly six miles of line installed and two substations upgraded. The $10 million investment will enhance reliability and accommodate regional growth by strengthening electric infrastructure, said Patrick O’Loughlin, Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives president and CEO.

The new line, built in Falls and Hopewell townships in Muskingum County, is in AEP’s existing right-of-way and began operation on Dec. 7.

“We’re also planning for investments in other parts of Ohio that are served by electric cooperatives,” O’Loughlin said. “Our 24 electric cooperatives across the state are committed to the continuation and enrichment of our partnership with AEP to ensure the most reliable delivery of power to rural areas of Ohio. Dependable electric service is a staple for all homes and businesses.”

Co-ops are ensuring that their consumers are included in the planning and advancement of new facilities and infrastructure, he said.