AEP project to improve power capacity near future Google data center

A farmhouse sits across Parsons Avenue from the construction of the Google data center, seemingly surrounded by electric lines and an electric substation.

A project to improve electric power capacity is underway on Columbus’ South Side, near the future site of a Google data center.

Known as the Parsons Avenue Transmission Project, the endeavor is aimed at improving electrical service for area residents and upcoming development, according to an American Electric Power Ohio official. 

“That just means that we are bringing more power into the area,” AEP Project Outreach Specialist Brian Recker said. “It does allow for additional capacity, and so if there’s future developments in the area … the electric grid could accommodate that.”

Recker said the project will benefit both residents and a “future AEP customer” coming to the South Side, but he would not name the customer.

Two substations, one of them new, will be located just north of a $300 million Google data center being built on a portion of the former Hartman Farm, located on the east of South High Street, south of Rathmell Road, west of Parsons Avenue and north of nearby Scioto Downs. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2025 and employ 20 people.

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