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NIPSCO completes 100-mile electric line

NIPSCO employees work on a project in St. John. The Merrillville-based utility recently completed a new 100-mile electric line downstate.

NIPSCO just completed $600 million in projects involving construction of electric lines criss-crossing the state of Indiana.

The Merrillville-based utility finished the 100-mile Reynolds-Topeka electric transmission line project, which runs from NIPSCO substations from Reynolds near Lafayette to Topeka between South Bend and Fort Wayne. NIPSCO said the 345-kilovolt line, which has been under construction since 2016, will provide more access to lower-cost electricity, including power that was generated by wind and solar energy.

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“The completion of this project provides significant value to our customers and beyond as we further strengthen and enhance our energy infrastructure for the future,” NIPSCO President Violet Sistovaris said.

NIPSCO also wrapped up work on the nearly 70-mile Greentown-Reynolds 765-kV line, which runs from NIPSCO stations in Reynolds to Greentown, which is near Kokomo in north-central Indiana. The company partnered with Pioneer Transmission, a joint venture of Duke Energy and American Electric Power, on that project.

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