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Oliver Plow Substation Project

Indiana Michigan Power Company (I&M) is investing approximately $8 million in electrical improvements for South Bend by building the Oliver Plow Substation. This project will provide for the city’s future economic growth involving Ignition Park. I&M will construct the new approximate 1.5-acre substation on a 6.5-acre site owned by I&M located on the city’s southwest side.

Construction of the Oliver Plow Substation begins the next phase in the development of Ignition Park. The Oliver Plow Substation will provide power to Ignition Park and upgrades to the distribution power lines to reduce power quality fluctuations.


I&M plans to build a new 1.5-acre substation on a 6.5-acre property owned by I&M. The existing Studebaker-West Side 138 kilovolt (kV) transmission line will energize the substation. Additional distribution upgrades would also be completed in order to strengthen the network and reduce power quality fluctuations.


The purpose of this project is to meet the needs of a specific customer. I&M received a request to provide power to Ignition Park. Five public and private parties are working together to provide for economic growth and development of the city of South Bend.


The Oliver Plow Substation will be located east of Arnold Avenue, west of Oliver Plow Court, and north of West Sample Street. The location would be near the Rose Brick & Materials and ABC Supply Co., Inc. The substation will be energized by the existing Studebaker-West Side 138kV transmission line that runs immediately adjacent to the substation.

Project Updates

Spring 2016: The Oliver Plow Substation is under construction. Construction is on target to be completed during the 3rd quarter of 2016.


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