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Energy companies seek to run PATH line through Frederick Co.

May 20, 2009

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Two energy companies have filed an application with Maryland regulators to run part of a high-voltage, multistate power line across southern Frederick County.

American Electric Power Co., of Columbus, Ohio, and Allegheny Energy Inc., of Greensburg, Pa., filed the application with the Maryland Public Service Commission on Tuesday.

The Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline, or PATH, would run from AEP's John Amos power plant in western West Virginia, across parts of northern Virginia and eastern West Virginia, and end at a substation near Kemptown, Md.

The 20-mile Maryland section would cross the Potomac River near Point of Rocks.

Allegheny Energy officials say they hope to begin building the 765-kilovolt line in late 2010 and finish in 2014 to meet the region's rising demand for energy.

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