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I&M Announces Proposed Power Line Route for Winchester Project

January 13, 2021

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

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

The project involves upgrading about 1 mile of electric transmission line, expanding a 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 re-routing other sections.

Company representatives plan to directly contact individual property owners in the coming months to discuss 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 to ensure the safety and health of the public and company representatives.

Construction begins in spring 2022 and concludes in summer 2025. To view an interactive map of the proposed power line route visit IndianaMichiganPower.com/Winchester.

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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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