Indiana Michigan Power
I&M to Upgrade Distribution and Transmission Facilities in Elkhart

July 14, 2017

Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), an operating unit of American Electric Power, plans to invest about $34 million in a project to improve the electric grid in Elkhart County in northeastern Indiana.

Major components of the Elkhart Network Improvements Project include:

  • Improvements to the underground distribution network in downtown Elkhart
  • Constructing approximately 2 miles of 69 kilovolt (kV) transmission lines between the Harrison Street Substation and Lusher Avenue
  • Constructing approximately 2 miles of 69 kV line between the Harrison Street Substation and the existing Concord-Wolf transmission line
  • Rebuilding the Harrison Street Substation
  • Improving the Lusher Avenue, Elkhart Hydro and Dunlap

Upgrades are needed for the transmission system to support improvements to the underground distribution network. Modernizing the electric grid improves performance of the system and enhances reliability for area customers.

Local residents are invited to learn more about the Elkhart Network Improvements Project at a come-and-go open house on Thursday, July 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Crystal Ballroom at The Lerner Theater, 410 S. Main St., Elkhart. Attendees can arrive at any time to review maps, speak with company representatives and provide input regarding route study segments. The open house allows I&M an opportunity to communicate directly with landowners, gain their feedback regarding the project and proposed route options.

Construction is expected to start in spring 2018 and be completed by mid-2019. Additional information is also available on the project website at www.IndianaMichiganPower.com/Elkhart

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 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. 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

For more information:

Indiana Michigan Power

110 E Wayne St
Fort Wayne, Indiana
United States, 46802
Tel: 260-425-2355

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