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I&M Plans Power Grid Upgrades to Benefit Northeast Indiana Customers

February 25, 2020

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) plans to invest approximately $292 million to upgrade the electric transmission system to ensure safe and reliable electric service for customers in northeast Indiana.

The Fort Wayne-Richmond Transmission Line Rebuild Project involves updating about 140 miles of 138-kilovolt transmission line and upgrading two substations. I&M plans to rebuild the transmission line in the existing right-of-way, although the company may acquire new easements or supplement current easements to ensure the safe construction, operation and maintenance of the line.

I&M representatives will communicate project updates directly with affected landowners and residents throughout the process.

Company officials expect construction to begin summer 2021 and conclude late 2025. For more information, including detailed project area maps, visit IndianaMichiganPower.com/FortWayne-Richmond.

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Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its 2,370 employees serve more than 597,000 customers. More than half of its generation is emission-free, including 2,278 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan, 450 MW of purchased wind generation from Indiana, 22 MW of hydro generation in both states and approximately 15 MW of large-scale solar generation in both states. The company’s generation portfolio also includes 2,600 MW of coal-fueled generation in Indiana.

 

American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s more than 18,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including about 5,200 megawatts of renewable generation. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners, and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:
Tracy Warner
Indiana Michigan Power Communications
Office: 260-408-3420
Cell: 260-479-9484
tkwarner@aep.com

 

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