With all major permit approvals completed, remaining milestones for the ITC Lake Erie Connector Project include completing cost refinements and securing favorable transmission service agreements with prospective counterparties, an ITC Holdings spokesperson told TransmissionHub on Feb. 15.
At that point, “we would be able to firmly establish an in-service date and proceed with construction,” he said.
As noted on the project’s website, the project is a proposed 1,000-MW, bi-directional, high-voltage direct current (HVDC), underwater transmission line that would provide the first direct link between the markets of the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and PJM Interconnection.
As TransmissionHub reported, the Ontario Ministry of Energy last October released the 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP), which noted that the IESO demand outlook indicates that there will be no need for any major expansion of the province’s transmission system beyond the projects already planned or under development.
The government will direct the IESO to establish a formal process for planning the future of the integrated province-wide bulk system, which includes the high voltage system that typically carries 230- and 500 kilovolts in Ontario, the LTEP noted.
According to the LTEP, major transmission projects under development across Ontario include the ITC project.
Also in October 2017, ITC said that its wholly owned subsidiary ITC Lake Erie Connector LLC has received notice that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued the necessary permits for the proposed project; ITC has received a Presidential permit from the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as major permits from Canada’s National Energy Board and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
ITC is a subsidiary of Fortis (NYSE:FTS).