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I&M ANNOUNCES PROPOSED LINE ROUTE IN ST. JOSEPH COUNTY TO INCREASE RELIABILITY

February 2, 2021

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is announcing a proposed electric transmission line route as part of the Northern St. Joseph County Area Improvements Project.

I&M will construct 3 miles of new 138 kilovolt (kV) transmission line and build a new substation near U.S. 31 and Adams Road. The Northern St. Joseph County Area Improvements Project will provide an additional power source to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of electric service to customers in portions of South Bend and Warren and German townships. The project will help reduce outage duration times and promote economic growth in this portion of St. Joseph County.

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

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and physical 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 is expected to begin in summer 2023 and conclude in the fall.

To view an interactive map of the proposed power line route visit IndianaMichiganPower.com/NorthernStJoseph

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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.

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