4906-15-03 Site and route alternatives analyses.

(A) The applicant shall conduct a site and route selection study prior to submitting an application for an electric power transmission line, electric power transmission substation, gas or natural gas transmission line, or a gas compressor station. The study shall be designed to evaluate all practicable sites, routes, and route segments for the proposed facility identified within the project area.

(1) The applicant shall provide the following:

(a) A description of the study area or geographic boundaries selected, including the rationale for the selection.

(b) A map of suitable scale which includes the study area and which depicts the general routes, route segments, and sites which were evaluated.

(c) A comprehensive list and description of all qualitative and quantitative siting criteria, factors, or constraints utilized by the applicant, including any evaluation criteria or weighting values assigned to each.

(d) A description of the process by which the applicant utilized the siting criteria to determine the preferred and alternate routes and sites.

(e) A description of the routes and sites selected for evaluation, their final ranking, and the factors and rationale used by the applicant for selecting the preferred and alternate routes and sites.

(2) The applicant shall provide one copy of any constraint map utilized for the study directly to the board staff for review.

(B) The applicant shall provide a summary table comparing the routes, route segments, and sites, utilizing the technical, financial, environmental, socioeconomic, and other factors identified in the study. Design and equipment alternatives shall be included where the use of such alternatives influenced the siting decision.

(C) The applicant may provide a copy of any route and site selection study produced by or for the applicant for the proposed project as an attachment to the application. The study may be submitted in response to paragraphs (A) and (B) of this rule, provided that the information contained therein is responsive to the requirements of paragraphs (A) and (B) of this rule.

Effective: 01/25/2009
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/10/2008 and 11/30/2013
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 4906.03
Rule Amplifies: 4906.03 , 4906.06
Prior Effective Dates: 12/27/76, 11/6/78, 7/7/80, 7/7/88, 8/28/98, 12/15/03