I&M to Upgrade Transmission Line Between New Carlisle and South Bend

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.

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 also provides its customers 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 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 223,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 31,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.

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