American Electric Power’s (AEP) Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) on Sept. 16 said that it will connect the recently completed Harrison substation to serve downtown Elkhart, Ind., on Sept. 22.
I&M said that to make the connection, it “will transfer service from an existing 1950s-era substation to the nearby, state-of-the-art Harrison substation.”
The company said that it has worked for the past five years rebuilding the downtown Elkhart underground infrastructure to enhance reliability and safety of service to customers. The company noted that the work is included in the $44m Elkhart Network Improvement Project, which, according to a project fact sheet, includes:
- Building about two miles of 69-kV transmission lines between the Harrison Street substation and Lusher Avenue
- Building about two miles of 69-kV line between the Harrison Street substation and the existing Concord-Wolf transmission line
- Rebuilding the Harrison Street substation
- Improvements to the Lusher Avenue, Elkhart Hydro, and Dunlap substations
- Improvements to the underground distribution network
According to the project’s website, improvements to the area substations and rebuilding the two two-mile transmission lines decrease the potential for outages and speed recovery of service when outages occur.