Preliminary route options through the area have been chosen by those working on a project to construct new electric transmission lines from Greentown to Reynolds.
The project is a joint effort between the Northern Indiana Public Service Company and Pioneer Transmission — a joint venture of Duke Energy and American Electric Power. Titled the Greentown-Reynolds project, it will ultimately connect Duke Energy’s Greentown substation east of Kokomo to NIPSCO’s substation in Reynolds.
Maps of potential routes include more than 100 lines through Cass County both north and south of Logansport, along with many other options that traverse Carroll, Howard and Miami counties. These maps can be viewed at greentownreynolds.com/maps.html.
Open houses are scheduled throughout the area this week, where attendees may come and go as they please to peruse various stations and ask representatives questions. Members of the project team will also be using the open houses as an opportunity to continue to acquire knowledge on the area to use when determining a final route. Notices have been mailed to those owning land within 1,000 feet of any of the potential routes.
A first round of open houses took place in January, which project team members used to supplement their knowledge of the area provided by public records. Attendee feedback helped representatives determine the locations of things like irrigation systems, airstrips, burial plots, streams and wetlands.
“With this next round of open houses, we’ll start to narrow that down and give folks a clearer picture of where we’re headed,” said Nick Meyer, director of external communications for NIPSCO Communications & Public Affairs. “The next round of open houses is critical to continue to gather further insight about the areas we’re looking at.”
Meyer added most of the concerns expressed to the project team so far have had to do with agriculture. Farmers want to know how the project is going to impact their farms and businesses, he said. A 200-foot right-of-way will be required for the structures holding the lines, which the project team plans to acquire through the purchase of easements — the right to use land for building and maintaining the transmission line. Meyer said land will still be able to be farmed around the legs of the structures and around the structures themselves.