SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), an operating unit of American Electric Power, is announcing an approximately $15 million investment to improve the electric transmission system in St. Joseph County.
The New Carlisle-South Bend Transmission Line Rebuild is essential to ensure that continued reliable energy service is available to customers. Plans include proactively rebuilding less than 10-miles of 34.5-kilovolt (kV) transmission line to 69 kV standards.
Existing wood poles will be replaced with new steel monopoles and new wire built to 69 kV standards. Improvements will decrease outages and time needed to restore service when outages occur. Having the capability to increase the voltage in the future reinforces the system to meet customer demands for electricity.
To gather information from the public and affected landowners, I&M will host a public open house Thursday, November 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Lydick Lions Club, 26205 W. Edison Road, South Bend, Indiana. Project representatives will be available to answer questions and obtain valuable local community input. Representatives will also seek feedback about possible re-route options. There is no formal meeting or agenda; doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Additional information about the project, including a project timeline, fact sheet and map can be found at www.IndianaMichiganPower.com/NewCarlisle-SouthBend.