American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) on July 24 said that an open house will be held on Aug. 7 in Eaton, Ind., regarding its proposed Hartford City Area Improvements Project.
Elements of the project – which is designed to strengthen the electric system in Blackford, northern Delaware, and southwestern Jay counties – include:
- Upgrading about four miles of 34.5-kV transmission line to 69-kV standards
- Rebuilding about eight miles of 69-kV line between Hartford City and Dunkirk
- Building nearly three miles of new line in Dunkirk
- Building a new substation in Eaton
- Upgrading two additional area substations
I&M said that it encourages landowners to provide feedback on the potential project and proposed study segments. That input will help the company determine a final proposed line route, I&M said, adding that in the areas where rebuilding a line is under consideration, it will be determined if existing easements need to be supplemented.
The company said that the proposed improvements would strengthen the power grid to ensure a reliable flow of electricity to local residents and business customers.
I&M also noted that it hopes to provide a more detailed scope of the project later this year.
According to a project fact sheet, the new substation, Strawboard, would replace the retiring Bosman substation located in Eaton.
The lines to be upgraded are located between Hartford City and Dunkirk, as well as between Royerton and Eaton, according to the fact sheet. I&M would replace aging wood poles with steel monopole structures averaging 75 feet in height. Structures would be placed within a 60-foot right of way (ROW), the fact sheet added.
Portions of the line would be built in, or adjacent to, the existing ROW, while other areas would require construction in new areas and with new easements, according to the fact sheet.
The proposed timeline calls for transmission line construction to occur in spring 2020 to late 2021; substation construction to occur in spring 2020 to spring 2021; and for the facilities to be placed in service in late 2021.