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Ohio Bulk Transmission Transmission & Interconnection(8-OH)

In Ohio, a bulk transmission developer may need to obtain a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need from the Ohio Power Siting Board prior to preparing a site for the construction of an electric transmission line. O.R.C. § 4906.04; O.R.C. § 4906.98(A).

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.

Permitting at a Glance

Ohio Federal

State or Preemptive Authority: The Ohio Power Siting Board has sole authority to approve the construction and initial operation of a major utility facility. O.R.C. § 4906.98(A).
Transmission Siting Agency: Ohio Power Siting Board
Transmission Siting Process: A "major utility facility" must obtain a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need prior to preparing a site for the construction of an electric transmission line.  O.R.C. § 4906.04, O.R.C. § 4906.98(A)
Transmission Siting Threshold: 125 kV or greater
Siting Act: Ohio Power Siting Act (O.R.C. §§ 4906.01 et seq.)
Regulated Entity Definition: A "major utility facility" is an electric generating plant and associated facilities designed for, or capable of, operation at a capacity of 50 megawatts or more, or a electric transmission line and associated facilities of a design capacity of 125 kilovolts or more. O.R.C. § 4906.1(b)(1).
Public Utility Regulatory Authority Certification Transmission Threshold: Ohio does not require other approval from the public utility commission for transmission projects.
Permit Processing Timeframe: The Ohio Power Siting Board must approve or deny the Certificate Application within a reasonable period of time of the hearing. O.R.C. § 4906.11.

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