American Electric Power’s Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) on Nov. 21 said that there will be a public open house on Dec. 5 in Marion, Ind., to discuss its approximately $20m Western Marion Area Improvements Project, which the company said is designed to upgrade the electric transmission network serving customers in Grant County in northeastern Indiana.
The project will upgrade about five miles of 34.5-kV power line to 69-kV standards, the company said, adding that the project involves rebuilding some sections of line in the company’s right of way (ROW), with other sections of the project to possibly include reroutes and require new easements.
As noted in a project fact sheet, the project is needed to strengthen the local electric transmission system; reduce the likelihood of power outages; speed recovery of service when outages occur; and support economic development. The upgrades will take place in Center and Franklin townships in Grant County, the fact sheet noted.
I&M plans to use steel monopole structures averaging 75 feet in height, according to the fact sheet.
The company said in its Nov. 21 statement that input gathered from the Dec. 5 open house will help the project team determine the final route.
According to the project schedule, construction on the project will occur summer 2021 to summer 2022, and the facilities will be placed in service fall 2022.