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I&M Announces Huntington County Transmission Project Benefiting Heartland REMC

June 3, 2024

MARKLE, Ind., June 3, 2024 – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) plans to build about 3 miles of transmission line to support electric reliability for Heartland Rural Electric Membership Corporation (Heartland REMC) customers.

The improvements will provide energy to the future Heartland REMC Markle Substation, located off Novae Parkway, just northwest of Markle. Linking the substation to the power grid supports Heartland REMC’s growing demand for electricity and the area’s need for reliable power.  

I&M invites community members and landowners to learn more at an upcoming open house. The public event takes place Thursday, June 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Elementary School Gymnasium, 2037 E. Taylor St. in Huntington.

There’s no formal presentation, so attendees can arrive at any time to review maps and talk with project representatives. I&M encourages landowners to review possible routes for the power line and provide input to help the company determine a final proposed line route.

I&M representatives welcome comments and feedback on where to build the proposed power line by July 26.

The company expects to begin construction in summer 2026 and conclude by fall 2026. Additional details, including project area maps, virtual open house and online comment form, are available at IndianaMichiganPower.com/Markle

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ABOUT INDIANA MICHIGAN POWER: 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 2023 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 1,497 MW of coal-fueled generation.

ABOUT AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: At American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, we understand that our customers and communities depend on safe, reliable and affordable power. Our nearly 17,000 employees operate and maintain more than 40,000 miles of transmission lines, the nation's largest electric transmission system, and more than 225,000 miles of distribution lines to deliver power to 5.6 million customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation's largest electricity producers with approximately 29,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including nearly 6,000 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP is investing $43 billion over the next five years to make the electric grid cleaner and more reliable. We are on track to reach an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2030 and have a goal to achieve net zero by 2045. AEP is recognized consistently for its focus on sustainability, community engagement 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. 

Tracy Warner
Communications Manager


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