International Transmission Breaks Ground on Milan 345/120kV Station Project

Oct 06, 2004

Milan, Mich., October 6, 2004 - International Transmission Company (ITC) today celebrated a new major capital improvement project, the Milan 345/120kV Station Project, with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new station on the border of Augusta Charter Township and Milan. The project is scheduled to conclude by June 2005.

The $22 million project will help to reduce congestion and lessen the burden on other heavily loaded facilities in the area as well as lower the electric losses on the transmission lines. Electric losses are a natural physical occurrence that can be minimized by replacing or upgrading equipment and lines. This promotes reliability and ultimately increases the efficiency of the transmission system across Washtenaw and Monroe Counties, benefiting residential and industrial customers in particular.

"The Milan Station Project is the most recent effort by ITC to modernize the electric transmission grid," said Joseph Welch, president and CEO of International Transmission. "Washtenaw and Monroe counties are experiencing growth and will continue to grow in the coming years as Milan and Augusta Charter Township target new commercial and light industrial residents. The new Milan station responds to this critical need for improved efficiency and reliability while reducing cost."

Specifics of the project include building a new station located at the intersection of Willow Road and McCrone Road on the border of Milan and Augusta Charter Township in Monroe and Washtenaw Counties, respectively. Foundation work began in late August at this greenfield site.

Company executives said they do not expect any disruptions to electrical service. No road closures or altered traffic patterns are expected.

Speakers: Victor Cassis on behalf of Senator Nancy Cassis, Michigan Senate; Donna Zalewski, Community Relations, ITC; Rich Mata, Recording Secretary/Benefits Director, UWUA, AFL-CIO; Mayor Owen Diaz, City of Milan; Joseph L. Welch, President and CEO, ITC; Township Supervisor Kathleen Jackson, Augusta Township

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