AEP’s Indiana Michigan Power plans $77 M transmission investment

USA, Indiana: American Electric Power’s Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) announced that it plans an approximate $77 M investment to upgrade the electric transmission network which includes building about 38 km (24 mi) of new 69 kV transmission line.

The project also includes upgrading about 6.5 km (4 mi) of 34.5 kV transmission line to 69 kV standards, upgrading several area substations, and building the new Snapper substation in southern Churubusco.

The company added that the project involves rebuilding some sections of line in the company’s current right of way (ROW), while for other portions of the project, study segments are under consideration for potential line routes.

According to a project fact sheet, the project is designed to strengthen the local electric transmission system, reduce the likelihood of power outages, speed recovery of service when outages occur, and prepare the electric system to support economic development.

According to the project schedule, construction is set to occur from spring 2021 to late summer 2022, with the facilities placed in service in late summer 2022.

Source: T&D World