2/13/2017
I&M TO INVEST $170 MILLION IN POWERING UP GREATER SOUTH BEND PROGRAM;
OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULED FOR LATEST PROJECT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), an operating unit of American Electric Power, is launching the fourth of six projects in a program to enhance service to South Bend area customers.

The newest project – affecting central South Bend – is part of the $170 million Powering Up Greater South Bend Program that will upgrade, replace and modernize aging facilities to better serve customers and support economic development.

“I&M is dedicated to providing reliable, affordable service to our customers in South Bend and the surrounding area. These enhancements are designed to not only improve the reliability of service to our customers but to have higher capacity in place to help meet future needs,” said Toby Thomas, I&M President and Chief Operating Officer.

Customers are invited to an open house Feb. 23 to learn details about the most recent project in the Powering Up Greater South Bend Program. The Central South Bend Reliability project consists of constructing two new substations (Rapids and Muessel) and approximately 2 miles of new 69-kilovolt underground transmission line to connect the substations. When construction is complete, the company will retire the aging Drewry and Colfax substations.

Local residents are invited to learn more about the Central South Bend Reliability project at a come-and-go open house on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Century Center, Suite 16, located at 120 South St. Joseph Street in South Bend. Attendees can arrive at any time to review maps, speak with company representatives and provide input regarding route selection.

Additional information is also available on the project website: www.IndianaMichiganPower.com/CentralSB

“We are committed to working with residents of South Bend and the surrounding area to ensure clear communication as we continue with projects to enhance service,” Thomas said. “I&M’s open houses enable residents to receive more specific information about each project.”

In addition to the Central South Bend Reliability Project, other transmission improvements in the Powering Up Greater South Bend Program:

• The New Carlisle-South Bend Transmission Line Rebuild. Rebuild and upgrade about 8 miles of transmission line, replace aging wooden poles with steel ones, and construct a new substation. An open house on the project was held in October, and engineering and surveys are being completed.

• The Gravel Pit Substation and Transmission Line Upgrades. Add 6 miles of 138-kilovolt (kV) line, expand and modernize the Gravel Pit Substation southwest of South Bend and retire about 2 miles of aging 34.5-kV line. An open house was held in January, and I&M is studying the public comments from that open house and weighing the alternatives.

• The Twin Branch-Kenzie Creek Transmission Line Rebuild. Rebuild approximately 7 miles of 138-kV transmission line and replace lattice towers with tubular steel pole structures. Because this project involves rebuilding an existing line where it is currently located, an open house was not held but information about the project was mailed to landowners.

• The New Carlisle-Bosserman Area Improvements. Construct two new substations, retire two existing substations and upgrade the transmission lines to 138 kV. This project is also still being developed, with details expected to be announced this spring.

• The Jackson Road-Marshall Transmission Line Rebuild. Replace a line that runs from the south side of South Bend to northern Marshall County. This project is still being developed, and more details are expected to be announced this spring.

Additional information about the Powering Up Greater South Bend Program is available on the company’s website at www.IndianaMichiganPower.com/PoweringUpSB

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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. More than half of its generation is emission-free, including 2,160 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan, 450 MW of purchased wind generation from Indiana, 22 MW of hydro generation in both states and approximately 15 MW of large-scale solar generation in both states. The company’s generation portfolio also includes 2,600 MW of coal-fueled generation in Indiana.

American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers 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 operates 224,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 26,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP supplies 3,200 megawatts of renewable energy to customers. 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.

 

Tracy Warner
Indiana Michigan Power Communications
260-408-3420
Cell: 260-479-9484
tkwarner@aep.com

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