Pioneer Transmission, LLC is a joint venture formed by Duke Energy and American Electric Power (AEP) to build and operate 240 miles of extra-high-voltage 765-kilovolt (kV) transmission lines and related facilities in Indiana.
The project would link Duke Energy's Greentown Station (near Kokomo, Ind.) with AEP's Rockport Station (east of Evansville, Ind.).
The project will expand extra-high-voltage transmission to
- Improve the reliability of the nation's transmission grid
- Enhance the efficiency and reliability of the region's transmission operators - Midwestern Independent System Operator (MISO) and PJM Interconnection (PJM)
- More efficiently link the region's power plants and provide improved interconnections for new power plants in central Indiana, including the more than 4,000 megawatts of wind energy planned for the region.
Pioneer Transmission will be regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Its estimated costs are approximately $1 billion.