Merrillville-based Northern Indiana Public Service Co. LLC and Pioneer Transmission LLC have completed work on a 70-mile transmission line between Kokomo and Reynolds. The $347 million project, which began in 2013, aims to provide better service and access to cleaner energy for customers.

Pioneer Transmission is a joint venture between North Carolina-based Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE: DUK) and Ohio-based American Electric Power Co. Inc. (NYSE: AEP). The companies say the extra-high voltage 765-kilovolt transmission line connects the Greentown Station near Kokomo to the Reynolds Station in the White County town.

The project also included upgrades to the Reynolds Station. 

"This collaborative project with AEP, Duke and NIPSCO strengthens the reliability of the energy system for customers and provides a new pathway for delivering renewable energy, such as wind power, to all customers in the region," said Lisa Barton, executive vice president of AEP Transmission.

The new transmission line is the first phase of Pioneer Transmission’s 290-mile plan to connect to the Greentown Station to AEP’s Rockport Station near Evansville. Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Transmission Holdings, says the project will make "significant improvements to the energy delivery system" by creating a more efficient link between the region’s power plants and allowing for the integration of renewable energy to the grid.

You can learn more about the Greentown-Reynolds project by clicking here.

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