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I&M upgrades transmission systems as coal plants disappear

A $500 million infrastructure improvement plan over the next decade will ensure Indiana Michigan Power continues to provide a dependable source of consumer energy, officials said Tuesday.

"Powering Up Northeast Indiana" is already underway and chiefly consists of upgrading transmission systems as the nation's coal plants disappear.

I&M spokeswoman Sarah Bodner said customers will see less than a $1 increase on their electric bills. The average electric customer uses 1,000 kilowatts monthly and pays about $100.

"It will be in the cents," she said.

Bodner said the project also won't require the utility appealing to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

"The investment demonstrates the long-term commitment I&M and (American Electric Power) have to northeast Indiana," Paul Chodak, I&M president and chief operating officer, said in a statement. "Upgrading our transmission system is essential to ensure that we will continue to provide reliable power to households, businesses and industries in our area."

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