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I&M Announces Proposed Route for Western Fort Wayne Area Improvements Project

July 29, 2020

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) representatives today proposed a route for an electric transmission line in northeastern Indiana as part of the Western Fort Wayne Area Improvements Project.  

Company representatives determined the route after reviewing input from landowners and community members following I&M’s project announcement in February and public open houses in March.

The estimated $77 million investment in Allen and Whitley counties involves:  

  • Building about 14 miles of new 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line
  • Upgrading approximately 11 miles of 34.5-kV transmission line to 69-kV standards
  • Upgrading several area substations
  • Building the new Snapper Substation in southern Churubusco

Additional details, including project area maps showing the proposed route, are available at IndianaMichiganPower.com/WesternFortWayne.

Contract Land Staff, I&M’s right-of-way representative for this project, plans to communicate with directly-involved landowners to discuss preliminary field work and property easements to ensure the safe construction, operation and maintenance of the power line.

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 this process to ensure the safety and health of the public and company representatives.

The company expects to begin construction in spring 2021 and conclude by summer 2022. 

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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.

Tracy Warner
Indiana Michigan Power Communications


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