NiSource (NYSE:NI) on March 5 said that the Reynolds 345-kV substation has been completed after two years of developing and building the substation.
The substation is part of a new 100-mile electric transmission line that will stretch across northern Indiana to the Hiple substation in Topeka, Ind., the company said.
The station and line transmit voltage across long distances, making it possible for nearby and faraway homes and businesses to receive all kinds of power, including renewable energy, and reducing congestion on the power grid, the company said.
According to the Reynolds Topeka Electric System Improvement Project website, the project will strengthen Indiana’s electric system and provide improved access to wind and solar renewable energy sources through the construction of the new 100-mile electrical transmission line that will connect NIPSCO’s Reynolds substation (in Reynolds, Ind.), Burr Oak substation (in Burr Oak, Ind.), and Hiple Substation (near Topeka).
The final route for the project has been selected, the site noted, adding that to reach that decision, the NIPSCO project team conducted an extensive analysis to identify and evaluate potential routes and carefully considered all input from the public, landowners, agencies and local leaders.
A NIPSCO spokesperson last month told TransmissionHub that the Reynolds Topeka Electric System Improvement Project is on schedule for a mid-2018 in-service date, and that the estimated project cost is $350m to $400m.
In its March 5 statement, NiSource also said that work continues on a 65-mile, 765-kV electric transmission line – the first of its kind for NIPSCO and part of a partnership with Pioneer Transmission – that will connect the Reynolds substation with a utility substation in Greentown, Ind. That project is expected to be complete in 2019.
According to the website of the Greentown-Reynolds Electric System Improvement Project, that project is one of 17 priority projects required by the Midcontinent ISO (MISO).
Pioneer Transmission is a joint venture of Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) and American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP), according to the site.