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I&M is Powering The Next Reliability Enhancement Project in Noble and Whitley Counties

May 15, 2023

 $61 million Albion and Tri-Lakes Transmission Improvements Project to enhance reliability

ALBION, Ind., May 15, 2023 – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) representatives plan to invest approximately $61 million to enhance the electric transmission network in Noble and Whitley counties.

The Albion Area Improvements Project involves:

  • Rebuilding about 10 miles of 138-kV transmission line between Kendallville and Albion.
  • Rebuilding about 5 miles of 138-kV transmission line between Albion and Wolf Lake.
  • Rebuilding about 9 miles of 138-kV transmission line between Tri-Lakes and Larwill.
  • Replacing equipment at the Albion and Kendallville substations.

The existing transmission lines include wooden poles and H-frame structures that date back to the 1950s. The power lines are deteriorating and have experienced more than 35 service interruptions since 2015. Rebuilding the power lines with modern steel poles and H-frame structures will strengthen the line against weather impacts, reduce frequent maintenance and improve performance.

I&M representatives plan to communicate project updates with landowners in the area throughout the process until restoration is complete. Crews anticipate construction to begin early 2025 and conclude by late 2025.

Additional details are available at IndianaMichiganPower.com/Albion-TriLakes

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Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its approximately 2,000 employees serve more than 600,000 customers. More than 80% of its energy delivered in 2022 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 17,000 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 5.6 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 6,900 megawatts of renewable energy. The company’s plans include growing its renewable generation portfolio to approximately 50% of total capacity by 2032. 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

MEDIA CONTACT: Tracy Warner
Corporate Communications Manager
260-479-9484
tkwarner@aep.com

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