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I&M Plans Electric Transmission Improvements in Winchester

November 9, 2020

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) plans to upgrade the electric transmission grid serving customers in Winchester.

The Winchester Area Improvements Project involves upgrading about 1 mile of electric transmission line, expanding an existing substation and making minor upgrades to another substation to help enhance electric reliability in the area. The project involves rebuilding some sections of the power line in the company’s existing right-of-way and possible re-routing of other sections.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the physical distancing recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, landowners and community members are invited to a virtual open house to learn more and share their input, particularly on possible route options for the 1-mile power line. Please visit IndianaMichiganPower.com/Winchester to access project information, view an interactive map and submit comments through the “Contact Us” link by Nov. 27.

I&M encourages landowners to provide input to help the company determine a final proposed power line route that minimizes impacts to the community and environment.

Company officials expect construction to begin in Spring 2022 and conclude in Summer 2025.

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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 17,400 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 221,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.5 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 30,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including more than 5,300 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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