The Arbor Day Foundation has named ITC Midwest a 2012 Tree Line USA in honor of its commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care in the provider‚ service area. This is the third year of recognition for ITC Midwest.
Tree Line USA. a partnership between the Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters, recognizes public and private utilities for pursuing practices that protect and enhance America's urban trees. Tree Line USA promotes the dual goals of delivering safe and reliable electricity while maintaining healthy community forests.
While most companies don't strive to be invisible to their customers, ITC Midwest says that's exactly what they're trying to do.
"Most of us don't think about how electricity gets to us," said Tom Petersen, Director of Communications for ITC Midwest. "Success to us is people not thinking about us, which means no interruptions in power."
ITC Midwest is an electric transmission company whose sole focus is on the energy lines themselves - something Petersen said is unique.
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Nov. 15, 2011 – A grant from the city of Iowa City has helped local company ITC Midwest reduce the storm water runoff from its 67,000 square-foot warehouse. The $10,000 city grant helped cover approximately 40 percent of the costs for developing a 840-square-foot rain garden at the warehouse property, located at 635 Ruppert Road.
“This project will help capture rain water that would otherwise run off the site and contribute to flooding in low-lying areas,” said Brian Boelk, P.E., Senior Civil Engineer with the city. “We created this grant program to encourage companies to take the extra steps on their property to limit water runoff and improve the quality of stormwater runoff.” Boelk runs the city’s storm water runoff program and administers its grant funding.
CALMAR, Iowa – November 19, 2010 – The athletic teams of South Winneshiek High School will get a boost thanks to a contribution from ITC Midwest LLC. ITC Midwest, which owns and operates the electric transmission system in the region, contributed $1,000 to the South Winneshiek High School Athletic Booster Club.
The funds will help fund installation of new lights at the high school's football field. In turn, the retired football field lights will be donated to the Calmar Little League Association for installation at the little league diamond.
Albert Lea, Minn. – Nov. 1, 2010 – ITC Midwest LLC, the owner-operator of much of the region's high-voltage electric transmission lines, has energized a 20-mile line running between two electric substations near Hayward, Minn., and Kensett, Iowa. The company placed the 161 kilovolt (161 kV) line in service on Oct. 26.
At the same time, ITC Midwest placed in service a new electric substation located southeast of Glenville, Minn. The project also included upgrades at two additional substations in the area.
The new electric infrastructure will permit the transmission system to transport more energy, operate more reliably, and enable future growth in the area, said ITC Midwest Executive Director Doug Collins.
MILFORD, Iowa – September 30, 2010 – The environmental education programs of the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory in Milford will get a boost thanks to a contribution from ITC Midwest LLC. ITC Midwest, which owns and operates the electric transmission system in the region, contributed $2,000 to the Friends of Lakeside Lab in support of the Lab's public outreach efforts.
Since 1909, Lakeside Lab has helped people "study nature in nature," according to Iowa Lakeside Lab Executive Director Peter J. van der Linden.
"Lakeside's programs are a popular way for children and families to enjoy the outdoors while learning about nature and the environment at the same time," van der Linden said. "This gift will touch hundreds of lives, especially the children who are coming here in increasing numbers for environmental and science education programs."