Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Project?
The construction of the Greentown-Reynolds project—an approximately 70 mile electric transmission line from Greentown to Reynolds, Indiana—is a joint project between Pioneer Transmission and Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO).
Why is this project needed?
Electricity is a vital part of our life, and our major power lines work like a highway system to deliver that electricity. But our existing electrical system was constructed decades ago and is in need of some improvements to ensure the continuous and reliable delivery of power. The Greentown-Reynolds project will modernize and expand our energy delivery system and improve access to regional power supplies.
Who will own this line?
Pioneer Transmission and NIPSCO will each own a segment of the line.
Who is Pioneer Transmission?
Pioneer Transmission is a joint venture of Duke Energy and American Electric Power Company (AEP) to build transmission lines and related facilities in Indiana.
How wide will the transmission line corridor be?
In most cases a 200 feet wide corridor will be needed based on the voltage of the line and height of the structures. These corridors are usually referred to as right-of-way, or ROW.
Will the project protect the environment?
An environmental review was conducted as part of the routing effort to avoid and/or minimize impacts to environmentally sensitive areas. In addition to complying with all state and federal regulations, best management practices will be utilized during construction.
When will the project be complete?
We expect this project to be completed by mid-2018.
How was the final route selected?
When choosing the line route, we strived to seek a solution which had the least overall impact. Many factors were taken into consideration including property owner and public input as well as historical, cultural and environmental impacts.
Will the jobs associated with this project go to people in Indiana?
Wherever possible we will hire local labor first. Many Indiana residents, businesses, and workers will benefit from the purchasing of construction materials (e.g. gravel and concrete) and the spending power of those employed by the project.
Will you be purchasing properties?
The project team will not be purchasing properties but will be purchasing easements—the right to use the land for building and maintaining the transmission line. An easement allows the property owner to continue using the property (such as for farming) as long as it doesn't interfere with the construction, operations and maintenance of the line.
What/Who is MISO?
The Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO) is a not-for-profit, member-based organization. MISO’s geographic footprint spans from the Province of Manitoba Canada to the Gulf of Mexico covering 15 states. MISO has 3 primary functions:
- Reliability - keeping the lights on throughout our footprint.
- Allowing the sale and transfer of wholesale electricity to reduce costs and promote reliability.
- Regional Transmission Planning - working with all transmission stakeholders to develop the region’s transmission grid in a way that promotes public interest, reliability, and enables lowest-cost delivery of electricity.
Is Greentown Reynolds being built for specific wind projects being developed in Indiana?
No. While the project will provide access to all types of power generation, including wind, the Greentown-Reynolds project is needed to reduce system congestion, maintain reliability and improve access to the lowest cost regional power sources available from Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) 15 state transmission grid area.
Will the E-on/Wildcat wind project be served by Greentown-Reynolds?
The current Wildcat project operates as part of the PJM system, which functions similar to MISO but serves a different territory. Since the two systems are interconnected, however, power from Wildcat could move between the two systems.
How tall will the structures be for this line?
The average anticipated height of most of the structures will be 135 feet.
What will the structures look like?
The photos below are what the typical steel lattice structures will look like: