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I&M Announces Anderson Area Improvements Project

January 14, 2021

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) plans an approximate $11 million investment to upgrade the electric transmission network serving customers in Madison County in central Indiana.

The Anderson Area Improvements Project involves rebuilding about 4 miles of 138-kilovolt transmission line and upgrading a substation. Company representatives plan to rebuild the transmission line in the existing right-of-way, which may require widening in some areas.

The improvements strengthen the electric transmission system by replacing wooden poles from the 1960s with steel structures. Modern structures reduce ongoing maintenance of the power line, improve operational performance of the power line and reduce the likelihood of extended power outages.

Contract Land Staff (CLS), 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, 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.

Company officials expect construction to begin in late 2021 and conclude by winter 2024. Additional details are available at IndianaMichiganPower.com/Anderson.

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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 approximately 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 more than 30,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including approximately 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, east Texas and the Texas Panhandle). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners, and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide. For more information, visit aep.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Tracy Warner
Indiana Michigan Power Communications
260-479-9484
?tkwarner@aep.com

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