Indiana Michigan Power
I&M Using Drones to Inspect Transmission Lines

September 25, 2017

Indiana Michigan Power, an American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) company, will use a drone to inspect transmission lines in Northeast Indiana and East Central Indiana beginning Monday, Sept. 25.

In addition, as part of a separate project, a traditionally piloted helicopter will be flying near transmission towers in the area from LaOtto to Huntertown this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22-23.

The drone inspections of lines and poles help Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) ensure the reliability and integrity of the area's transmission system. The inspections will continue for about four weeks and involve four transmission lines. Areas where the drone will be used:

  • Northeast Fort Wayne
  • Eastern Allen County
  • Grant County, including Marion
  • Northwest Delaware County

I&M is contracting with ReliaPOLE Inspection Services, a company that has conducted numerous drone flights. Each inspection flight will include a licensed drone pilot and a camera operator/inspector on the ground. ReliaPOLE will follow Federal Aviation Administration rules requiring the pilot to always maintain a line of sight to the drone, so the inspection team will move from place-to-place on the ground along the transmission lines.

The drone will hover at transmission towers and poles for extended periods of time to obtain numerous high resolution photographs for structure condition assessment.

Separate from the drone inspections, a traditional, manned helicopter will be used in attaching ropes to transmission towers along a transmission line from Indiana 205 in LaOtto to Huntertown. The helicopter will be part of a project attaching rope to the towers. At a future date, the rope will be used to pull the electric cables into place. That work is scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

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

For more information:

Indiana Michigan Power

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

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