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I&M Plans Reliability Improvement Project in St. Joseph County

June 10, 2021

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is committed to providing customers with safe and reliable electric service. That’s why company officials are planning to enhance the electric grid in St. Joseph County, starting in 2022, and concluding in 2023.

I&M plans to invest approximately $23 million on the Southern Mishawaka Area Improvements Project, which involves:

  • Installing new equipment at the Dragoon Substation, near the intersection of South Taylor Street and East 13th Street
  • Relocating about 1 mile of electric transmission line to the south side of East 12th Street. The relocation accommodates the city of Mishawaka’s plan to widen East 12th street
  • Upgrading about 1 mile of 69-kilovolt power line from the Dragoon Substation to Mishawaka Utilities’ Union Street Substation.

The project is expected to strengthen electrical service for I&M customers for decades to come. Plans call for replacing aging wooden power poles with modern steel poles, which reduces the need for maintenance. Upgrading the Dragoon substation also reduces the likelihood of larger, unplanned outages in the community.

Starting in 2022, I&M plans to rebuild the power line in the existing right-of-way, but some sections require re-routes to ensure the safe construction, operation and maintenance of the power line.

Landowners and community members are invited to a virtual open house to learn more about the project and ask questions. Please visit IndianaMichiganPower.com/SouthernMishawaka to access project information, view an interactive map, enter the virtual open house and ask questions through a “Contact Us” link


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Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its approximately 2,100 employees serve nearly 600,000 customers. More than 85% of its energy delivered in 2020 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, nearly 35 MW of large-scale solar generation in both states, and 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 16,800 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 223,000 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 5,500 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.



Schneè Garrett

Communications Consultant Sr.

Indiana Michigan Power Communications

(574) 283-1852



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