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Indiana Michigan Power is Powering the Next Restoration Effort as Crews Deploy to Northeast Coast in Advance of Hurricane Henri

August 21, 2021

Indiana Michigan Power is Powering the Next Restoration Effort as Crews Deploy to Northeast Coast in Advance of Hurricane Henri

  • 300 employees and contractors travelling to the east coast today ahead of the hurricane to begin restoration efforts as soon as it’s safe.
  • Line workers, forestry experts, safety personnel and more will assist fellow energy companies and customers.

August 21, 2021

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is answering the call for mutual assistance ahead of a historic hurricane set to strike New England. I&M crews are Powering the Next Restoration Effort as they travel to the east coast to aid in power restoration efforts.

300 I&M employees and contractors will help return customers to service in the wake of Hurricane Henri. Crews will arrive in Connecticut ahead of the storm to be ready to help restore power once the weather has cleared and it’s safe.

“Indiana Michigan Power is dedicated to providing safe and reliable electric service to our customers in Indiana and Michigan and across the country,” said Steve Baker, I&M president and chief operating officer. “Being able to lend a helping hand to those who have been impacted by mother-nature is a cornerstone of our company. I’m grateful and proud of I&M employees who are answering the call to serve those in the path of this storm.”

Employees and contractors from across I&M’s service territory, including the Fort Wayne area, Muncie/Marion area, South Bend/Elkhart area and Southwest Michigan are currently on the road.

I&M wants to ensure customers, even though crews are deployed to assist with the hurricane, the company is ready and prepared to respond if outages occur here at home. Our experienced energy professionals have a long history of working safely to restore communities in the wake of natural disasters. I&M operates through mutual assistance agreements with utilities across the nation and we always stand available.

Customers and our communities can follow I&M’s restoration efforts on our social media pages, including Facebook and Twitter, and on our website www.IndianaMichiganPower.com.

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Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its approximately 2,100 employees serve more than 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 and approximately 35 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 powering a cleaner, brighter energy future for its customers and communities. 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 safely deliver reliable and affordable power to 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 5,600 megawatts of renewable energy. The company’s plans include growing its renewable 2 generation portfolio to approximately 50% of total capacity by 2030. AEP is on track to reach an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2000 levels by 2030 and has committed to achieving net zero by 2050. AEP is recognized consistently for its focus on sustainability, community engagement, and diversity, equity and inclusion. 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, which provides innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide. For more information, visit aep.com.

 

News releases and other information about I&M are available at IndianaMichiganPower.com

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