ABOUT ITC MICHIGAN
ITC has two operating subsidiaries in Michigan: Michigan Electric Transmission Company (METC), and International Transmission Company (ITCTransmission), collectively referred to as ITC Michigan and based out of Novi, Michigan. METC and ITCTransmission are wholly owned subsidiaries of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company.
METC owns, operates and maintains approximately 5,600 circuit miles of transmission line in the western and northern portions of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, serving a population of 4.9 million.
ITCTransmission owns, operates and maintains approximately 3,100 circuit miles of transmission line in southeast Michigan, serving a population of 5.1 million.
Recently, ITC Michigan embarked on an educational campaign with Crain’s Detroit Business and MI Tech News. Click HERE to see interviews with ITC leaders on the importance of electric transmission related to the Michigan economy.
Do you have a question about ITC Michigan or any of our projects? Our team is happy to provide you with answers. Click on our contact sheet to identify your local representative and view their contact information.
LEARN MORE ABOUT MICHIGAN LRTP PROJECTS
As part of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s (MISO) Tranche 1 portfolio of projects, ITC-Michigan hosted twenty-two Long Range Transmission Plan open-house public meetings in October. Two Michigan transmission projects, Helix-Hiple and Nelson Road-Onedia, were presented. To learn more, click visit MIFutureGrid.com.
A MESSAGE FROM SIMON WHITELOCKE – Fall 2023
Better Than Before, But We Must Do More
2023 has been a year of celebration and reflection for our organization, as it marks 20 years since ITC was first established. Additionally, our ITC Michigan systems performed well during the coolest summer we’ve seen in seven years, experiencing the lowest amount of total system outages and congestion events in three years.
While some of the year-over-year improvements in Michigan metrics can be attributed to the cooler weather in the state, the system still had challenges such as the August 24 storms (which resulted in only two sustained outages), as well as the changing resources mix creating different flow patterns (increased natural gas, decreased coal and increasing renewable penetration).
ITC’s investments in the transmission grid over the last 20 years have enhanced the Michigan system’s reliability, while allowing the variable resources penetration and other changing generation profiles on the grid. Although our investments are a significant step in the right direction, we are only as strong as our weakest link. More coal plants are being retired, our world is shifting to generation sources controlled by nature and the way we use electricity is changing.
To help prepare for that future, we’re planning to construct the first new interstate connection to Michigan’s transmission system in nearly 50 years. The new lines, which are part of the first phase of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s (MISO) Long Range Transmission Planning (LRTP) projects, will run from mid-Michigan to the Michigan-Indiana border.
After analyzing and evaluating hundreds of route options, we have filed construction plans with the MPSC that include proposed and alternate routes. To provide landowners with transparent communication, a series of public meetings with an open house format are being held in October, where landowners are invited to meet us, learn more and provide comments. The schedule can be found on MIFutureGrid.com under Project Schedule.
We will continue to advocate for regional transmission planning to keep Michigan’s lights on as MISO’s Long Range Transmission Plan progresses and as extreme weather events, climate goals and consumer demands on our electrical grid continue to increase.
Simon S. Whitelocke
President, ITC Michigan
ITC SUPPORTS AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY DURING RELAY FOR LIFE
During our late spring ITC Greater Giving Campaign, we raised more than $52,000 for the American Cancer Society through its Relay for Life of Canton and Plymouth event. The ITC Power Walkers ran past our $15,000 goal to provide our largest Relay for Life donation in ITC history!
Thanks to the generous donations from ITC family and friends, coupled with ITC’s corporate match, ITC can provide 1,047 free rides to cancer treatment, 805 free night stays at a Hope Lodge community for people with cancer and their caregivers or free 24-hour helpline support to 1,746 cancer patients.
ITC CELEBRATES 20 YEARS WITH 20 DAYS OF SERVICE
In celebration of our 20-year anniversary, ITC employees had the opportunity to give back to organizations throughout our footprint during ITC’s 20 Days of Service initiative.
Throughout 20 Days of Service, ITC Michigan employees connected with and supported several organizations committed to serving various communities across our state. They donated non-perishable food items to Metro Detroit’s Gleaners Community Food Bank and Food Gatherers in Ann Arbor. Employees also donated personal and household items to Lighthouse Oakland County and SHARE Center in Battle Creek in support of those facing housing insecurity. Additionally, they donated gently used and new duffle bags, backpacks and suitcases to Ann Arbor-based Wolverine Human Services to support children in foster care.
ITC Michigan employees also volunteered to support community partner, Fleece & Thank You through the assembly of 120 colorful fleece blankets for children undergoing hospital treatment. Other volunteer activities included packing clothes for River Rouge High School students and medical supplies for Lansing-based Care Free Medical’s patient visits.
VIEW ALL ITC MICHIGAN’S CAPITAL PROJECTS
ITC MICHIGAN PARTNERS & RECOGNITIONS
ITC’s role as the owner and operator of the high voltage transmission system in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula 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.Across the ITC Michigan service area, 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
Our first focus is on replacing aging transmission facilities and equipment across our service territory in Michigan and other Midwestern states. Since the company’s inception in 2003, ITC has invested $5.3 billion in system upgrades and maintenance.
ITC works one-on-one with local communities, landowners, 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.
The ITC Stakeholder Relations team provides solutions related to electric reliability, power quality improvement, system capacity and transmission infrastructure improvements.
ITC HOSTS ANNUAL GROUP MEETINGS TO KEEP OUR PARTNERS IN BUSINESS INFORMED
STAKEHOLDER DOCUMENTS AND REQUEST FORMS
THE TRANSMISSION LINE
The Transmission Line newsletter showcases the most recent activities of ITC Michigan. Read a letter from the president and catch up on the latest stakeholder spotlight, community highlights and project updates.
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