ITC GREAT PLAINS
ITC Great Plains completed construction and placed its new Saddle Substation in service in October 2021. This new 345 kV substation is located in southwest Kansas and interconnects the Iron Star Wind farm, a 299MW wind development, to the grid. The Saddle Substation project is an example of ITC Great Plains’ ongoing commitment to the operational efficiency and reliability of Kansas’ high-voltage transmission grid. These investments are improving the reliability and safety of the transmission infrastructure while ensuring its ability to meet new energy demands.
ITC GREAT PLAINS SUPPORTS PANDEMIC RESPONSE WITH THIRD ROUND OF DISASTER RELIEF FUNDING FOCUSING ON SMALL BUSINESS
As our communities continue to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, ITC Great Plains has committed funding to economic development organizations with the charge for them to identify small businesses in their respective communities to receive support. The effort is part of ITC’s three-phase funding commitment to support relief agencies throughout its seven-state footprint.
“During these extraordinary times, ITC Great Plains remains committed to taking an active role in the communities we serve,” said Brett Leopold, president of ITC Great Plains. “Just as the coronavirus pandemic has significantly impacted public health and so many aspects of our lives, small businesses, particularly those in rural communities, remain financially fragile. Given that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, we have identified organizations that provide meaningful support to struggling small businesses for our final round of disaster funding this year.”
Specifically, ITC Great Plains will provide funding to support the work of the organizations listed here.
The second round of ITC Great Plains funding, supported agencies that provide mental health and substance abuse services throughout Kansas and Oklahoma, including Compass Behavioral Health, High Plains Mental Health Center and the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma.
The first round of ITC Great Plains funding supported Kansas and Oklahoma food banks, pantries and soup kitchens who reported a significant increase in demand for their services at a time when many are struggling to secure the supplies and resources needed to survive the national COVID-19 crisis. During this initial round of funding, ITC provided funding to support the work of the Kansas Food Bank, Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Southern Branch and Meals on Wheels of Eastern Kansas.
Through its Charitable Giving Program, ITC awards grants to qualified 501 (c) (3) organizations that deliver charitable services in the counties where ITC operates. Grants support programs and projects that reflect ITC’s giving priorities: education, environmental stewardship, social services, health and wellness and arts and culture. ITC is streamlining the process for our upcoming grant cycles to focus on this relief effort. For more information, please click HERE.
ABOUT ITC GREAT PLAINS
ITC Great Plains operates power transmission infrastructure serving parts of Kansas and Oklahoma. As a transmission-only utility operating in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) region, ITC Great Plains has the authority to construct, own, operate and maintain regulated, high-voltage power transmission systems.
ITC Great Plains is a subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the largest independent electricity transmission company in the U.S. with operations in seven states. ITC connects a variety of customers at transmission-level voltages. These include large generation and distribution utilities, municipal utility systems, rural electric utility cooperatives, and commercial and industrial customers which require high-voltage electricity.
THE TRANSMISSION LINE
The Transmission Line newsletter showcases the most recent news from ITC Great Plains, featuring project updates, community engagement and support initiatives, safety messages and more.
FEATURED PROJECT: KANSAS V-PLAN
The V-Plan is a high-voltage transmission line connect eastern and western Kansas to improve electric reliability and enable energy developers to tap into the transmission grid, further establishing a competitive energy market in the state and region. This project also contributes to a stronger transmission grid, ultimately benefitting the entire region.
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ITC GREAT PLAINS PARTNERS & RECOGNITION
ITC’s role as the owner and operator of the high voltage transmission system in parts of Kansas and Oklahoma requires ongoing communication with a variety of stakeholders – from municipal leaders to residents – about the importance of investing in and securing the nation’s transmission assets. Siting, construction and maintenance of transmission projects can be sensitive and controversial; ITC works one-on-one with local communities, assessing the nature of the issues that must be addressed to achieve successful proposals and win-win solutions.In areas ITC Great Plains serves, ITC also supports local communities with charitable donations and recreational access to its transmission corridors. Our commitment to the communities we serve is the cornerstone of our business and our mission to be a best-in-class transmission provider.
PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES
In developing system expansion, ITC’s goals include maintaining safety, improving reliability, relieving congestion and reducing system losses. Since the company’s inception in 2003, ITC has invested nearly $3.2 billion in system upgrades and maintenance.
ITC works one-on-one with local communities, landowners and stakeholders to assess the nature of the issues that must be addressed to appropriately plan, site, construct and then maintain a highly efficient transmission grid.
Our team provides solutions related to electric reliability, power quality improvement, system capacity and transmission infrastructure improvements.
KANSAS MUNICIPAL UTILITIES
ITC Great Plains works with partners throughout Kansas to increase the efficiency and reliability of the state’s transmission grid. We do this by investing in transmission infrastructure that improves reliability and reduces system congestion, and thus lowers the overall
cost of delivered energy.
We know that the agriculture, oil and wind industries are vital to the growth of Kansas, and a robust high voltage electrical grid is integral to this success. We also understand that Kansas needs a robust low voltage transmission grid that can ensure reliable delivery of energy to the municipal utilities in Kansas.
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