ITC Midwest provides update to Minnesota regulators on 345-kV project

ITC Midwest LLC, a Fortis (NYSE:FTS) company, on Aug. 23 provided an update to Minnesota regulators on the Minnesota-Iowa 345-kV Transmission Project, noting that it intends to reenergize a 161-kV line for the project on or after Aug. 29.

As the company noted, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in November 2014, issued a route permit for ITC Midwest to build the project and associated facilities in Jackson, Martin, and Faribault counties.

The commission in February found the Plan and Profile filing for Segment 4 (Huntley to Iowa border) of the project was in compliance with the route permit, the company said, adding that all of that segment is located in Faribault County.

ITC Midwest said that has completed stringing of the 161-kV line for Segment 4 from the Huntley substation to the Faribault switching station, which is co-located for 7.40 miles on 161-kV/345-kV structures.

About 0.20 miles of the Huntley-Faribault 161-kV line is located on 161-kV transmission structures to allow the 161-kV line to terminate at the Faribault switching station, the company said.

ITC Midwest said that it intends to reenergize that 161-kV line for the project on or after Aug. 29, and that it will provide notice to the commission at least three days before the 345-kV line for that portion of Segment 4 is placed into service.

Consistent with the timing of the submission of the energization notice for Segments 1 and 2 of the project, construction, restoration, and revegetation activities continue along that portion of Segment 4, and stringing of the 161-kV conductor and other construction activities continue for the remainder of Segment 4 from the Faribault switching station to the Iowa border, the company said.

ITC Midwest said that it will notify the commission when those activities have been completed.

According to ITC Holdingswebsite, ITC Midwest started construction of the project in November 2015, working generally from west to east and then south to Iowa. The project is scheduled to be in service this year, according to the site.

According to the commission’s order granting a certificate of need with conditions, as posted on the website, the project was designed as a portion of a 17-project Multi-Value Project (MVP) portfolio designed by the Midcontinent ISO (MISO), and is designated MVP 3.

According to the company, as noted in the order, the project is designed to enhance reliability, increase the outlet capacity for new generation, alleviate constraints of the transmission system in southern Minnesota and the region, and support renewable energy mandates.

About Corina Rivera-Linares 3236 Articles
Corina Rivera-Linares, chief editor for TransmissionHub, has covered the U.S. power industry for the past 15 years. Before joining TransmissionHub, Corina covered renewable energy and environmental issues, as well as transmission, generation, regulation, legislation and ISO/RTO matters at SNL Financial. She has also covered such topics as health, politics, and education for weekly newspapers and national magazines. She can be reached at clinares@endeavorb2b.com.