ITC to turn on Michigan-Ontario power transformers Thursday

ITC Holdings Corp will turn on power transmission equipment along the Michigan-Ontario border on Thursday which is expected to improve power flow reliability.

The long awaited phase angle regulator (PAR) transformer is designed to improve the reliability of the transmission system by controlling unscheduled flows of power around Lake Erie, which could save consumers around the lake in Ontario, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York millions in electric costs.

The PARs are located at ITC’s Bunce Creek substation in Michigan and will join other PARs already in service on the Ontario side of the border at Lambton and Keith.

Once this equipment becomes operational, Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and the U.S. Midwest power grid operator, the Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO), will begin using the PARs to maintain power flow equal to the net import and export schedule, to the extent possible.

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