Tipmont – Brookston Transmission Project
Wabash Valley Power Alliance, a generation and transmission electric cooperative serving 23 distribution electric cooperatives in Indiana, Illinois and Missouri, is hard at work improving reliability and performance of its electrical delivery system through northwest Indiana. We’re investing in infrastructure enhancements as part of our commitment to meeting your energy needs today and preparing for the future.
The proposed project involves WVPA constructing a new 5-mile transmission line to connect the Tipmont Substation located on Highway 43 about 2.5 miles north of I-65) to the recently constructed Brookston Substation (located about a mile south of Highway 18 and 2 miles east of Highway 43).
Project Benefits Include
The proposed Tipmont to Brookston transmission project is directly aligned with our strategic goals of providing co-op members with clean, reliable and affordable energy.
Fact Sheet & Map
Please find the Tipmont-Brookston Project fact sheet and map here:Download Fact Sheet & Map
What is the Tipmont-Brookston Transmission project?+×
The proposed Tipmont-Brookston Transmission project includes a new 69 kV (kilovolt) transmission line to be built in northwest Indiana. The proposed project involves WVPA constructing a new 5-mile transmission line to connect the Tipmont Substation located on Highway 43 about 2.5 miles north of I-65) to the recently constructed Brookston Substation (located about a mile south of Highway 18 and 2 miles east of Highway 43). By linking these two substations the system will benefit from added load capacity by being able to handle more electricity as well as better reliability through redundancy (multiple feeds for each substation).
Why is the Tipmont – Brookston transmission line needed?+×
This project is necessary to promote grid reliability, relieve congestion to the energy grid, and meet local energy needs. This transmission line will ultimately energize 2 substations, energy is then served to homes and businesses throughout Tipmont REMC and Carroll White REMC service territories. This new line will create redundancy in the grid, meaning if a transmission line loses power, energy is more able to be rerouted along a different path and restored to the end user.
What is the route?+×
See the route here.
What is the benefit of this project for Carroll White REMC, Tipmont REMC and Wabash Valley Power?+×
Connecting the new state-of-art Brookston Substation to the existing Tipmont Substation allows for redundancy, meaning power will get restored much more quickly in the event of an outage.
Will construction of a transmission line raise Carroll White and Tipmont REMC rates?+×
This project, and Carroll White REMC and Tipmont REMC’s involvement with it, will not result in a noticeable rate increase for cooperative members. This is because it is a part of the MISO grid, a network of transmission connections extending from Alberta to Louisiana through the mid-section of the USA. MISO absorbs the costs of this project in its overall transmission rate all utilities in its network pays. This results in an impact to rates that is measured in fractions of a penny.
What could the poles look like?+×
Although several different structure types may be used, depending on the presence of existing infrastructure and site-specific conditions, the most common conceptual design employs galvanized steel single-pole structures directly embedded into the ground or bolted onto concrete foundations and supporting a single-circuit 69kV line with intermittent underbuilds of lower voltage distribution lines. Above the circuit will be one optical ground wire (OPGW). The wire will shield the conductors from lightning and provide a path for internal as well as third party communications. Structure heights are anticipated to range between 60 and 90 feet above ground and pole-to-pole spans are anticipated to be 200-300 feet in length, dependent upon terrain and the presence of electric distribution line(s) that may be underneath the transmission line.
Why are there already poles along
near the new Brookston Substation?
The poles you may see along County Road 1100 in White County are part of the initial construction of the Brookston substation and will be used to connect that substation to the Tipmont Substation. However, no further construction will take place until all co-op member-owners agree to the project.