FORT WAYNE, Ind., – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is answering the call to provide mutual assistance ahead of Hurricane Ian, which is on track to make landfall this week along Florida’s Gulf Coast.
More than 350 I&M line workers, damage assessors, forestry experts, support staff and business partners are traveling to Florida and will be in place before the anticipated storm is expected to make landfall. Crews will work 16-hour days to restore electricity to those who may lose power in the wake of the storm.
I&M employees from Fort Wayne, South Bend, Elkhart, Marion, Muncie and southwest Michigan will join business partners and mutual assistance crews from all over the country in Florida. Though there is no timetable for our crews’ return, I&M assures customers we are ready and prepared to respond if outages occur here at home in Indiana and Michigan.
I&M employees have a long-history of working safely to restore communities in the wake of natural disasters. In fact, I&M helped restore power earlier this summer to thousands in Kentucky who lost service after catastrophic flooding. We have mutual assistance agreements with utilities across the nation and are always available to help weather permitting at home. In turn, I&M has benefited when crews from other areas helped with storm restoration in Indiana and Michigan.
You can follow I&M’s role in the restoration efforts on our social media pages, including Facebook and Twitter.
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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 80% of its energy delivered in 2021 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 powering a cleaner, brighter energy future for its customers and communities. AEP’s approximately 16,700 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 224,000 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 6,100 megawatts of renewable energy. The company’s plans include growing its renewable 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.