FORT WAYNE, Ind. – To help ensure the reliability and safety of its energy distribution facilities, Indiana Michigan Power is conducting proactive inspections of poles in areas throughout its service territory in both states.
I&M, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP), has contracted with GeoForce, a company licensed and experienced in pole inspection, to visually examine the poles. In some cases, the inspection process also involves minor digging at the base of the poles and treatment of the wood. GeoForce employees will inspect about 36,000 poles over the next several months.
This process takes a relatively short period of time and will be conducted by representatives from GeoForce. No heavy equipment will be involved. The crews drive white pickup trucks with “GeoForce” on the side, plus a magnet identifying the truck as “Indiana Michigan Power Contractor.” The area around poles to be inspected will have the utilities located and marked. I&M anticipates the proactive inspection process to continue into fall.
Pole inspections, part of I&M’s preventative maintenance program, are among the many actions the company takes to maintain the reliability and safety of the system. Customers who have questions regarding this work can contact I&M at 800-311-4634.
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Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its 2,450 employees serve more than 589,000 customers. It operates 2,600 MW of coal-fired generation in Indiana, 2,160 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan and 22 MW of hydro generation in both states. The company’s generation portfolio also includes 450 MW of purchased wind generation and, by the end of 2016, approximately 15 MW of large-scale solar generation.
American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to nearly 5.4 million customers through 223,000 miles of distribution lines in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 32,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP’s utility units operate as 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 and east Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.