NIPSCO: 345-kV Reynolds-Topeka project is complete

The 100-mile, 345-kV Reynolds-Topeka electric transmission line project is complete, NiSource’s (NYSE:NI) Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) said recently.

The line connects the company’s Reynolds substation in Reynolds, Ind., Burr Oak substation in Burr Oak, Ind., and Hiple substation near Topeka, Ind., NIPSCO added on June 29.

The line is designed to enhance system reliability, offer environmental benefits by increasing access to wind and solar energy, and allow for greater access to supplies of electricity, the company said.

The project – for which construction began in mid-2016 – is one of 17 priority Multi-Value Projects (MVPs) and one of two in Indiana identified by the Midcontinent ISO, NIPSCO said.

The nearly 70-mile, 765-kV Greentown-Reynolds project was the second MVP in Indiana, NIPSCO said, noting that that project was jointly built by NIPSCO and Pioneer Transmission, LLC, which is a joint venture of Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) and American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP).

The completion of the Greentown-Reynolds line, which connects the Greentown station near Kokomo, Ind., to the Reynolds station located in Reynolds, Ind., was also recently announced.

As TransmissionHub reported, an AEP spokesperson on June 26 told TransmissionHub that the Greentown-Reynolds project was put in service on June 25, and that construction began in 2016.

The Greentown-Reynolds line and substation upgrades represent a $347m investment in the region’s transmission system, according to a June 26 statement about the project’s completion posted on AEP’s website.

That statement 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.

NIPSCO in its June 29 statement said that combined, the Reynolds-Topeka and Greentown-Reynolds projects had a combined cost of about $600m.

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