American Electric Power’s Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) on Nov. 23 said that it plans an approximate $40m investment to upgrade the electric transmission network serving customers in Randolph County in eastern Indiana through the Randolph County Area Improvements Project, which includes rebuilding about 19 miles of 69-kV transmission line.
The company said that it plans to rebuild the line in the existing right of way (ROW), though that may need to be widened in some areas.
As noted in a project fact sheet, the project area includes the City of Winchester, the towns of Modoc and Lynn, as well as the townships of Washington, White River, and Union in Randolph County.
The project also involves upgrading two substations, the company said in its statement. As noted in the fact sheet, the substations to be upgraded are the Modoc and Lynn substations.
The improvements aim to increase electric reliability in the area, reduce the likelihood of outages, and speed recovery of service when outages occur, according to the fact sheet.
According to the project schedule, construction is expected to occur from early 2022 to early 2024, with the facilities placed in service in early 2024, and restoration activities completed from early 2024 to spring 2024.
The company said in its statement that the project complements the transmission project in Winchester, Ind., which was announced earlier this month.
As TransmissionHub reported, the Winchester Area Improvements Project involves upgrading about one mile of electric transmission line, expanding an existing substation, making minor upgrades to another substation to help enhance electric reliability in the area, as well as rebuilding some sections of the line in the company’s ROW and possible re-routing of other sections.