Replacing and upgrading your gas and electric lines

While our current system in your neighborhood has performed well, it’s time to replace our current system with new gas lines and electric facilities that will serve you for many years to come.

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Projects are planned across our state. To learn more about key projects in your area, click on the areas below.

General

Natural Gas Pipeline Inspections (IM)

When: Ongoing

Work: Maintenance on natural gas lines to ensure safety and reliability

Where: All counties

Natural Gas Pipeline Maintenance

When: Ongoing

Work: Maintenance on natural gas lines to ensure safety and reliability

Where: All counties

Preliminary Project Planning

What: Aetna to Tassinong Natural Gas Upgrade

When: Ongoing

Work: Preliminary engineering and surveying for future 22 mile natural gas line upgrade

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Steel Structure Program

When: Ongoing

Work: Engineering, maintenance and inspections on 400 electrical transmission towers

Where: Lake and Porter Counties

Lake County

East Chicago - Roxana Electric Upgrade

Start date: April 2019

End date: December 2019

Work: Upgrade approximately 5 miles of electrical lines and 125 utility poles

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Gary - Bare Steel Natural Gas Upgrade

Start date: April 2019

End date: December 2019

Work: Install 370,740 feet of new natural gas pipeline and 3 natural gas regulator stations

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Gary - Bare Steel Natural Gas Upgrade - Section 2

Start date: July 2019

End date: December 2019

Work: Multiyear project to install and upgrade 70 miles of new natural gas pipeline, install new natural gas service lines and meters at customers' homes and businesses, and upgrade three natural gas regulator stations that service the City of Gary.

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Gary - Chase 4Kv Electric Upgrade

Start date: March 2019

End date: June 2019

Work: Upgrading approximately 7 miles of electrical lines and 276 utility poles

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Gary - Hobart Road 4 Kv Electric Upgrade

Start date: April 2019

End date: June 2019

Work: Upgrade approximately 2.5 miles of electrical lines and 138 utility poles

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Gary - Mississippi Electric Upgrade

Start date: March 2019

End date: August 2019

Work: Upgrading approximately 6 miles of electrical line and 160 utility poles

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Gary - Virginia Electric Upgrade

Start date: June 2019

End date: December 2019

Work: Upgrading approximately 6 miles of electrical line and 247 utility poles.

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Gary / Highland - Electric Upgrade

Start date: September 2019

End date: October 2019

Work: Upgrade approximately 8,603 feet of underground electrical wire and transformers as needed.

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Highland - Electric Upgrade

Start date: February 2019

End date: November 2019

Work: Upgrading approximately 5 miles of electrical lines and 145 utility poles

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Highland - Under Ground Electric Upgrade

Start date: June 2019

End date: August 2019

Work: Upgrading approximately 4,552 feet of under ground electrical lines and transformers, as needed.

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Hobart - Hobart Crossing Electric Upgrade

Start date: July 2019

End date: August 2019

Work: Upgrade approximately 2,430 feet of underground electrical wire and transformers as needed

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Merrillville, Hobart, Hebron - Green Acres Electric Upgrade

Start date: June 2019

End date: December 2019

Work: Replacing and upgrading 406 utility poles and 14 miles of electrical distribution wire

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Porter County

Portage – McCool Electric Upgrade

Start date: May 2019

End date: September 2019

Work: Upgrading 8,683 feet of under ground electrical lines and transformers, as needed.

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Valparaiso – Spectacle Lake 1 Electric Upgrade

Start date: January 2019

End date: August 2019

Work: Upgrading approximately 46,875 feet of underground electric lines and transformers

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Valparaiso – Spectacle Lake 2 Electric Upgrade

Start date: January 2019

End date: August 2019

Work: Upgrading approximately 15,000 feet of underground electric lines

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Valparaiso – Grand Trunk Electric Upgrade

Start date: January 2019

End date: August 2019

Work: Upgrading approximately 15,000 feet of underground electric lines and transformers

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Valparaiso – South Haven Electric Upgrade

Start date: February 2019

End date: June 2019

Work: Upgrading approximately 10,320 feet of underground electric lines and transformers

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LaPorte County

Michigan City - Freyer Electric Upgrade

Start date: April 2019

End date: October 2019

Work: Upgrading approximately 7 miles of electrical lines and 247 utility poles

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Michigan City - Tilden Electric Upgrade

Start date: April 2019

End date: September 2019

Work: Upgrading approximately 2.5 miles of electrical lines and 100 utility poles

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Elkhart County

Millersburg - Horn Ditch Electric Upgrade

Start date: August 2019

End date: October 2019

Work: Upgrade approximately 8,160 feet of underground electrical wire and transformers as needed

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St. Joseph County

North Liberty Electric Upgrade

Start date: October 2019

End date: December 2019

Work: Upgrade approximately 1.5 miles of electrical distribution wire and 45 utility poles

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Starke County

North Judson - Electric Upgrade

Start date: January 2019

End date: June 2019

Work: Upgrading approximately 2.5 miles of electrical lines and 83 utility poles

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Allen County

Huntertown - Natural Gas System Upgrade

Start date: July 2019

End date: December 2019

Work: Installing 1,200 ft of 6 inch steel pipeline, 13,800 ft 8 inch plastic pipe and a new natural gas regulator station.

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Kosciusko County

Syracuse - Wawasee Electric Line and Pole Upgrade

Start date: February 2019

End date: December 2019

Work: Upgrading 6.5 miles of electrical lines and 223 utility poles

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De Kalb County

Waterloo - Electric Upgrade

Start date: April 2019

End date: September 2019

Work: Upgrading approximately 3 miles of electrical lines and 157 utility poles

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La Grange County

Wolcottville, Rome City, Wawasa - Electric Upgrade

Start date: January 2019

End date: April 2019

Work: Upgrading approximately 12 miles of electrical lines and 459 utility poles

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Wabash, Howard and Kosciusko County

Laketon to Warsaw Natural Gas System Upgrade

Start date: June 2019

End date: December 2019

Work: System modifications to our 16" natural gas pipeline to allow for inspection equipment to run through the line and safety enhancements to four of natural gas regulator stations.

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Kokomo - Natural Gas System Upgrade – 2019 to 2022

Start date: Section C – July 2019

End date:  Section C - December 2019

Work: Work: Installing 77 miles of natural gas pipeline, installing new natural gas service line and meter at your home or business and upgrading the regulator stations that serve your neighborhood.

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Here are frequently asked questions we receive about our work.

I'm not a customer; will my home or business be affected?

If you receive communication from us about a project in your area, your home or business may be impacted by construction activity in your area.

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How do I know everything will be restored to its existing condition?

At the start of the project, we document your property’s current state. We may even capture photos or video footage.

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Will you block my street or driveway?

We may temporarily block access to an entire street, lane or even a driveway. If you need access to your driveway, let our crews know. When it is safe to do so, they will accommodate your request. Most of our digging will be in the grassy part of the public right-of-way and yards, but often our equipment is in the street while we are working. We will work with neighborhoods to minimize road closures and blockages, but please be alert and use caution around our work zones.

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Will my gas or electric service be interrupted?

Your service may be briefly interrupted by this work. If so, you will be notified. Following the work, we will make arrangements to test your house lines, conduct a safety check and re-establish your service.

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What can I expect?

You will first notice NIPSCO representatives or contractors conducting preliminary work to ensure that we completed the project in the least disruptive way possible. This will include locating and marking underground utilities such as water and cable. Next, we usually replace or add main lines along a street or right of way. We then construct service lines that connect the mains to homes or businesses. As a safety measure, we may also replace older indoor gas meters with new outdoor meters.

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How long will this take?

Many factors, including weather, can impact the construction schedule for our projects. Our goal is to complete projects in a timely manner and minimize your inconvenience.

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How can I identify company employees and contractors?

All employees and contractors carry an identification card with their name, photograph and identification number. They will be happy to show ID upon request for verification purposes.

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Will you need to dig up my yard, sidewalk or driveway — and if so, who’s going to fix it?

Our employees and contractors carefully plan projects to minimize the inconvenience to customers. In some cases, temporary excavations affecting sidewalks, driveways and/or lawns may be necessary. In these situations, we strive to restore normal conditions as soon as weather permits.

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What should I do if I smell natural gas?

Leave the area immediately. Natural gas has a rotten egg odor that can alert you to a leak. Don’t turn things off or on, or operate any other switches. From a safe location, call 911 and our 24-hour gas emergency line at 1-800-634-3524.

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How do I benefit from these projects?

Our infrastructure projects help ensure a continued safe and reliable system for the future. They also help prevent outages caused by aging natural gas and electric system failures. They help attract new businesses and allow existing businesses to expand in this area with a more modern energy system. They support direct and indirect jobs – including local trades. Our multi-year project plan helps ensure gradual and minimal bill impact over time.

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What’s the process for determining a project?

To select what system equipment will be replaced, NIPSCO developed a model to help prioritize upgrades. Using this model, NIPSCO identifies which equipment poses the highest risk to the system. Our Infrastructure Modernization Plan includes oversight from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission as well as customer-represented organizations such as the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor and other external stakeholders.

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Do the electrical upgrades have anything to do with a “smart grid” system?

No, the projects address electric substations, underground electric cables, transformers and more, and do not entail any sort of smart grid or smart meter system.

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Why are you making these upgrades now?

This is part of our ongoing commitment to ensure safe, reliable service to your home or business. Like highways, bridges and other important assets that occasionally need to be replaced or improved, we are investing in new natural gas and electric infrastructure designed to serve our customers for many years to come.

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Have an emergency?

Natural Gas: If you smell gas, think you have a gas leak, have carbon monoxide symptoms or have some other gas emergency situation, go outside and call 911 and then our emergency number 1-800-634-3524.
Electric: For any electric emergency, including a downed power line, power outage or other electric-related situation, please call 1-800-464-7726.