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I&M Plans Electric Transmission Improvements in Northeast Fort Wayne

March 2, 2021

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) officials plan to upgrade the electric transmission grid serving customers in northeast Fort Wayne.

The Robison Park-Lincoln Transmission Line Rebuild Project involves upgrading about 8 miles of electric transmission line and improving the Trier Substation near the intersection of Trier Road and Walden Run. Company representatives plan to rebuild the power line in the existing right-of-way.

The project strengthens the electric transmission system by replacing deteriorating towers from the 1920s with modern steel monopoles, which have a smaller footprint than existing lattice structures. The upgrade ensures the power line complies with the company’s current structural standards, improves the line’s operational performance and reduces the need for equipment repairs.

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 about the project and ask questions. Please visit IndianaMichiganPower.com/RobisonPark-Lincoln to access project information, view an interactive map, enter the virtual open house and submit comments through a “Contact Us” link.

Company officials expect construction to begin early next year and conclude in spring 2023.

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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.

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

 

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