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I&M is Powering the Next Reliability Enhancement in Michiana

November 28, 2022

SOUTH BEND, Ind., November 28, 2022 – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) plans to bolster electric reliability and efficiency for customers in southwestern Michigan and northern Indiana.

The South Bend-Niles Transmission Line Project involves:

  • Rebuilding about 4 miles of power line from FourFlag Substation, off South 3rd Street in Niles, to the Indiana State Line, on Stateline Road.
  • Rebuilding about 8 miles of power line from Stateline Road to South Bend Substation on Edison Road.
  • Upgrading University Park Substation, off Indiana State Road 23.

The project strengthens the local electric transmission system by replacing aging poles and wires from the 1960s with modern equipment. Upgrading the substation increases capacity to address growing demand for electricity in the community. These project improvements optimize the line’s operational performance, reduce the likelihood of extended power outages and enhance electric reliability for area customers.

Construction on the project is set to begin by spring of 2025 and conclude by early 2026.

Community members are encouraged to visit I&M’s project page at IndianaMichiganPower.com/SouthBend-Niles to access information, view graphics and maps.

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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.]

Tracy Warner
Communications Manager



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