Pioneer Transmission LLC and NiSource’s (NYSE:NI) Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) on June 26 announced the completion of the Greentown-Reynolds transmission line that connects the Greentown station near Kokomo, Ind., to the Reynolds station located in Reynolds, Ind.
Pioneer Transmission is a joint venture of Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) and American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP), as noted in the June 26 statement about the project’s completion posted on AEP’s website.
An AEP spokesperson on June 26 told TransmissionHub that the project was put in service on June 25, and that construction began in 2016.
The statement posted on AEP’s website noted that the project included upgrades to the Reynolds station in addition to the approximately 70-mile, extra-high voltage 765-kV line.
The project is one of 17 priority Multi-Value Projects (MVPs) identified by the Midcontinent ISO (MISO), the statement noted, adding that those priority projects together support regional reliability, broaden access to renewable energy, and help ensure customers have access to affordable energy delivery options.
The Greentown-Reynolds line and substation upgrades represent a $347m investment in the region’s transmission system, according to the statement, which also noted that the line is the first phase of Pioneer Transmission’s 290-mile plan to connect Duke Energy’s Greentown Station to AEP’s Rockport Station east of Evansville, Ind.