BlufftonArea Improvements

AEP Ohio officials plan to strengthen the electric transmission system in Allen and Hancock counties in northwest Ohio. This project improves electric service reliability and supports economic development.

The project involves:

  • Building the Boutwell Substation
  • Building approximately 5.5 miles of power line
  • Rebuilding approximately 3 miles of power line

*Company representatives may announce future components as the project develops

The improvements:

  • Increase electric service reliability
  • Support economic development

The project area includes:

  • Village of Bluffton
  • Richland Township in Allen County
  • Orange and Union townships in Hancock County

Project Updates

Summer 2023: Construction is ongoing and is scheduled to be completed early 2024.

September 2020: Company representatives announced addition project components that involve building about 1.5 miles of power line and rebuilding about 1.5 miles of power line.

Summer 2019: A public open house took place on June 13, 2019. Company representatives answered questions and gathered input from local residents.

Early 2020: Company representatives announced a proposed substation location and power line route for a section of the project. Additional project components are still under evaluation.


Project Map (PDF)


Project Timeline



The project involves the installation of steel poles.

Structure Height: Approximately 70 feet*
Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 60 feet*

* Exact structure, height and right-of-way may vary


AEP Right-of-Way Process Project Fact Sheet Access Roads Field Activities

AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers.

Brian Recker

Project Outreach Specialist

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