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I&M Announces Proposed Power Line Route for Eastern Muncie Project

July 10, 2020

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) today proposed a route for an electric transmission line as part of the Eastern Muncie Area Improvements Project.

Company representatives determined the route after reviewing input from landowners and community members following I&M’s project announcement and public open house last November.

The estimated $12 million infrastructure investment in Muncie involves upgrading about 3½ miles of transmission line. I&M plans to replace existing wooden poles with single steel poles. The improvements are designed to help ensure electric reliability for customers.

Much of the route follows the existing line parallel to the Cardinal Greenway. Most of the portion that follows a new route will run parallel to the Greenway spur between Macedonia Avenue and the main Greenway.

In the coming months, company representatives plan to talk with individual property owners about what to expect before, during and after construction.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), I&M and its contractors are limiting in-person visits with property owners during associated field activities to ensure the safety and health of the public and company representatives.

Construction begins in summer 2021 and concludes in late 2021. To view an interactive map of the proposed power line route visit the project website at IndianaMichiganPower.com/EasternMuncie.

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Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its approximately 2,100 employees serve more than 599,000 customers. More than two-thirds of its energy delivered in 2019 was emission-free.  I&M has at its availability various sources of generation including 2,278 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan, 450 MW of purchased wind generation from Indiana, more than 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 2,620 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 17,000 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 4,300 megawatts of renewable energy. 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
260-479-9484
tkwarner@aep.com

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