FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Crews working for Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana – South (Vectren) are ramping up efforts to begin nearly 60 projects – investments of approximately $12 million – to be completed by the end of this year as part of the Smart Energy Future strategy, which includes the recently approved electric grid modernization plan. Projects aimed at upgrading Vectren’s electric infrastructure to ensure the energy company can maintain the reliability customers have come to expect will take place throughout the southwestern territory.Over the next few months, many projects benefitting a large number of customers will be completed. While we will attempt to keep disruption to a minimum, Vectren will communicate awareness of the projects benefiting its many customers and help customers understand any potential interruption to their electric service. Upcoming projects include:Circuit (a specific grouping of poles and lines delivering power) rebuild and conversion projects– upgrading and replacing hardware and equipment on the circuit, which leads to shorter restoration times, a reduction in the number of emergency repairs needed and increased system performance and integrity Evansville: Cass Avenue circuit (south side, west of U.S. 41 near Riverside Drive) serving 500 customersEvansville: Marx Road circuit (northwest side near Five Dollar Rd) serving 850 customersEvansville: Seventh Avenue circuit (north of the Lloyd Expressway near Columbia Avenue and Franklin Avenue) serving 250 customersEvansville: Lodge Avenue circuit (south side, west of U.S. 41 near Gilbert Avenue) serving 1,200 customersEvansville: Lawndale circuit (southeast side near Vann Road) serving 1,400 customersNewburgh: Highway 662 circuit (west of Newburgh on S.R. 662) serving 1,100 customersRichland City: Rose Hill circuit (south of Richland, west of S.R. 161) serving 1,300 customersWinslow: Winslow circuit (west side of Winslow, west of S.R. 61) serving 1,200 customersTennyson: Tennyson circuit (west of Tennyson on C.R. 350 N) serving 950 customersUnderground cable replacement projects – replacing aging underground cable, which leads to a reduction in risk of unplanned outages, faster outage restoration when outages occur and reduced customer interruption duration by sectionalizing the area in need of repairEvansville: Village Green Apartments (southeast side, west of Green River Road) serving 400 customersMt. Vernon: Country Club Estates subdivision (west side) serving 150 customersMt. Vernon: Rush Creek Circuit (north of Mt. Vernon, west of S.R. 69 near Kansas Road) serving 500 customersOptical ground wire projects – replacing existing steel static wire running along transmission lines to expand communication capability between existing electric substations and improve data collection and system performanceApproximately five miles of cable running along Alcoa Warrick Operations to the southern area of BoonvilleApproximately eight miles of cable running along Vectren’s Bergdolt Storage Yard on the north side of Evansville, N. First Avenue and ending at Vectren’s Northwest substation on the west side of EvansvilleSubstation equipment upgrades/replacements – replacing/upgrading substation equipment such as circuit breakers to reduce risk of unplanned outages and reduce the risk of potential safety hazards to the public and Vectren employeesEvansville: Grandview substation serving 400 customersEvansville: Grimm Road substation serving 4,700 customersBy the end of 2017, crews working for Vectren will have completed approximately 35 circuit rebuild and conversion projects and approximately 30 underground cable replacement projects. Generally, customers will notice projects beginning when crews have placed signage in the area. The duration of these projects usually span two to six weeks, barring weather delays.These projects are part of the company’s seven-year improvement plan to enhance reliability and modernize our electric infrastructure, which was approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in September. The plan, part of the company’s Smart Energy Future strategy, includes upgrades to portions of Vectren’s network of substations, transmission and distribution networks that serve seven counties in southwestern Indiana. The plan features more than 800 projects and is estimated to cost $450 million over the plan’s seven-year period. Customers can learn more about Vectren’s grid modernization plan and its customer benefits at www.vectren.com/SmartEnergyFuture.