Reynolds Topeka Electric System Improvement Project
Investing in Indiana’s Future
The construction of NIPSCO’s Reynolds Topeka Line—a 100 mile electric transmission line from Reynolds to Burr Oak to Topeka, IN—will create jobs, enhance system reliability, offer environmental benefits and improve access to lower cost electricity for customers. This project is one of 17 other similar projects – lead by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) occurring across the Midwest.
Check back on this website often for updates on opportunities for public input, schedules, maps and other information as the project progresses.
Below is a recap of progress to date on the Reynolds Topeka Project:
- Held two rounds of public open houses (9 total open houses)
- Received and processed 590 feedback forms from local citizens
that the project team used to assist in selecting the final route
- Had five meetings with the project Advisory Group, which includes representatives from numerous local organizations
- Met with multiple agencies about the project including the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Corps of Engineers, Indiana
Governor’s Office, Indiana Department of Environmental Management
and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Conducted field surveys to identify wetlands, threatened and
endangered species, environmentally sensitive areas, cultural
sites, and easement areas
- Mailed more than 9,000 letters to area residents and community
- Begun modifications to the Burr Oak substation
- Responded to over 1,100 hotline and email inquiries
- Begun easement negotiations with area property owners
- Modifications to the design of the line have enabled the project
team to increase the distance between structures from 880 ft.
to 1100-1200 ft.
We will continue with easement negotiations and plan to start construction at the beginning of 2015. Please see the FAQ page for additional information on what to expect just prior to, and during construction.