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I&M is Powering The Next Reliability Enhancement Project in Grant County with an $11 Million Investment

October 27, 2022

MARION, Ind., Oct. 27, 2022 – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) representatives plan to invest approximately $11 million to enhance the electric transmission network in Grant County.

The Northern Marion Transmission Line Project involves rebuilding approximately five miles of 69-kilovolt transmission line connecting the Marion Plant Substation off North Branson Street to the Hummel Creek Substation off North Huntington Road.

The project strengthens the electric transmission system by replacing deteriorating wooden poles from the 1960s with modern steel poles. Most of the current existing poles throughout the line have outdated and broken equipment. Upgrading the line with modern equipment improves the line's operational performance, reduces the likelihood of extended power outages and the need for frequent equipment repairs.

I&M representatives plan to communicate project updates with landowners in the area throughout the process. Construction is planned for early 2024 and is expected to conclude by late 2024.

Additional details are available at IndianaMichiganPower.com/NorthernMarion.

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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 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 16,700 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 31,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including more than 7,100 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 2005 levels by 2030 and has committed to achieving net zero by 2045. 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

MEDIA CONTACT:                                       

Corey Ohlenkamp

Corporate Communications Rep

260-205-2806

cwohlenkamp@aep.com

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