ITC Holdings’ (NYSE:ITC) ITC Midwest, in a Sept. 9 letter filed with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC), said that it has completed structure erection and stringing of the 161-kV line for Segment 1 of the Minnesota–Iowa 345-kV Transmission Project and Associated Facilities in Jackson, Martin and Faribault counties.
The company said that on or after Sept. 12, it intends to reenergize the 161-kV transmission line between the Lakefield Junction substation and Fox Lake substation, the majority of which – 21.5 miles of 23.4 miles – is co-located on 161-kV/345-kV structures for the project. The company noted that it will provide notice to the PUC at least three days before the 345-kV line is placed into service.
Construction, restoration and revegetation activities continue along Segment 1 of the project, including within the right of way of the 161-kV/345-kV Lakefield Junction to Fox Lake transmission line. ITC Midwest added that it will notify the PUC when those activities are completed.
As noted on the company’s website, the project includes the 345-kV line between the Lakefield Junction substation east of Lakefield in Jackson County, and the proposed Huntley substation south of Winnebago in Faribault County in Minnesota, and connecting to substations in northern Iowa. The project also includes extensions and relocations of certain 161-kV facilities in Faribault County, the company said.
The PUC in November 2014 granted ITC Midwest a certificate of need and issued ITC Midwest a route permit for the project, the company said. The route permit identified the route – referred to as “Modified Route A” – that the PUC felt was most appropriate for the project based on the analysis completed by the Department of Commerce, Energy Environmental Review & Analysis in the environmental impact statement for the project, the company said.
ITC Midwest said that it started construction on the project last November, working generally from west to east and then south to Iowa. The project is scheduled to be in service in 2017, the company said.