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I&M is Powering the Next Reliability Enhancement Project in Grant and Blackford Counties with $45 million investment

January 14, 2022

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is committed to providing safe and reliable energy service to our customers. That’s why the company is planning to upgrade the electric transmission network in Grant and Blackford counties starting in fall 2023 and concluding in spring 2025.

I&M plans to invest $45 million on the Marion-Hartford City Transmission Line Project, which involves:

  • Updating approximately 18 miles of 69-kilovolt power line between Deer Creek Substation in Center Township, Grant County and Hartford City substation in Hartford City
  • Upgrading the Deer Creek Substation off of South Lincoln Boulevard
  • Upgrading the Hummel Creek Substation near the intersection of North Huntington Road and County Road 450 North
  • Retiring the Gas City Substation near the intersection of North Broadway Street and West Main Street

I&M expects this project to enhance electrical service for its customers for decades to come. The project strengthens the electric transmission system by replacing deteriorating wood poles from the 1960s with modern steel poles. The existing transmission line has experienced more than 10 separate outages since 2015.

The upgrade improves the line’s operational performance and reduces the likelihood of extended power outages and the need for frequent equipment repairs.

I&M plans to communicate project updates with landowners in the area throughout the process.

Additional details are available at IndianaMichiganPower.com/Marion-HartfordCity.

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ABOUT INDIANA MICHIGAN POWER: 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, nearly 35 MW of large-scale solar generation in both states, and 2,620 MW of coal-fueled generation in Indiana.

ABOUT AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: 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.

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



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