ITC Midwest to re-energize two lines ‘on or after April 20’

ITC Midwest on April 14 told the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission that it intends to re-energize the Freeborn-Huntley 161-kV and Blue Earth-Huntley 69-kV transmission lines, as well as a portion of the 161-kV and 69-kV equipment at the Huntley substation, on or after April 20.

As noted in the company’s filing, the commission in November 2014 issued a route permit for the company to build the Minnesota-Iowa 345-kV Transmission Project and associated facilities in Jackson, Martin, and Faribault counties.

ITC Midwest said that it has completed construction of the 161-kV and 69-kV equipment at the substation, and that it has completed stringing of conductor for the two transmission lines. The portion of the Blue Earth-Huntley line reconfigured as part of the project was built to 161-kV standards, but will be operated at 69 kV, the company said.

Commissioning work at the substation and testing of the lines will occur before the April 20 energization, ITC Midwest said, adding that the remaining associated facilities will be energized at a later date.

Construction, restoration, and revegetation activities continue along the associated facilities right of way and on the substation property, including construction of the 345-kV equipment at the Huntley substation, the company said.

ITC is a Fortis (NYSE:FTS) company.

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