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06/12/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/12/2019 15:26

I&M Announces Solar Facility Partnership with the University of Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), an operating company of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), plans to build and operate its largest solar generation facility. The proposed project would be located in St. Joseph County and have a capacity of 20 megawatts, which is enough energy to power 2,700 homes annually.

'This large-scale solar project aligns with I&M's push to diversify our generation fleet and to ensure a bright future for our customers and the communities we serve,' said Toby Thomas, I&M President and Chief Operating Officer. 'The South Bend Solar Project would help local economic development and would give our customers an opportunity to take advantage of locally provided renewable resources.'

I&M is also proposing to partner on the solar facility with the University of Notre Dame as both organizations commit to a sustainable future. The University of Notre Dame and I&M will work together to ensure educational opportunities and research benefits of the project are realized. Notre Dame will further its sustainability goals by supporting renewable energy based on 40 percent of the output of the solar facility.

'Notre Dame is pleased to be partnering with our local energy partner Indiana Michigan Power on this significant solar energy project,' said Paul Kempf, Senior Director of Utilities and Maintenance for Notre Dame. 'The University looks forward to expanding its portfolio of renewable and recoverable energy sources and achieving the positive environmental benefits this project would provide. It is important to us to work within our own community to create such projects that have a local impact on our environment and economy.'

The South Bend Solar Project would be located near the Indiana Toll Road and about 10 miles northeast of the University of Notre Dame. It is subject to the approval of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and is expected to be in operation by late 2020. More efficient renewable energy resources in the community along with the support of Notre Dame are important to I&M customers and beneficial in attracting businesses.

I&M currently operates four emission-free solar generation facilities. Three are in Indiana -- Marion, Mishawaka and New Carlisle -- and one in Watervliet, Michigan. The solar facilities generate nearly 15 megawatts of electricity, with enough energy to power 2,000 homes annually.

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Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its 2,450 employees serve more than 593,900 customers. More than half of its generation is emission-free, including 2,278 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan, 450 MW of purchased wind generation from Indiana, 22 MW of hydro generation in both states and approximately 15 MW of large-scale solar generation in both states. The company's generation portfolio also includes 2,600 MW of coal-fueled generation in Indiana.

American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP's more than 17,000 employees operate and maintain the nation's largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation's largest electricity producers with approximately 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,300 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP's family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.

Schnee' Garrett
Indiana Michigan Power Communications
(574) 283-1852
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