NOVI, Michigan (October 17, 2016) – ITC will be conducting its semi-annual aerial patrols of high-voltage transmission towers and lines in central Michigan from approximately October 24 to November 4, weather permitting. The helicopter patrols are conducted to provide an overall status of the overhead transmission system that is operated by ITC’s Michigan operating entities, ITCTransmission and Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC (METC).
The aerial inspections will cover the central part of the state, including all or parts of Barry, Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Kent, Livingston, Midland, Montcalm, Oakland, Saginaw and Shiawasee Counties.
These patrols are a North American Electrical Reliability Corporation (NERC) requirement for ITC’s vegetation management program, support proactive maintenance objectives, and are in line with the company’s model for operational excellence. They include inspections of steel towers, wood poles, conductors (wires), insulators and other equipment. Crews check for damaged or worn equipment and vegetation hazards.
The inspection flights are often conducted at low altitudes to allow accurate visual inspection of equipment for lightning damage, wear or other potential problems. This is normal procedure, so there is no cause for alarm if a low-flying helicopter is sighted near transmission lines. The flights began in western Michigan on August 29 and will cover nearly all of the Lower Peninsula, concluding in central Michigan approximately November 4.
ABOUT ITC MICHIGAN
In Michigan, operating entities ITCTransmission and Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC (METC) serve most of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. ITC’s focus on transmission and grid expansion drives operational excellence and delivers superior value for customers, communities and other stakeholders.
International Transmission Company (d/b/a ITCTransmission) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. Based in Novi, Michigan, ITCTransmission owns, operates and maintains approximately 3,100 circuit miles of transmission lines in southeast Michigan.
About Michigan Electric Transmission Company (METC)
Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC (METC) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. Based in Novi, Michigan, METC owns, operates and maintains approximately 5,600 circuit miles of transmission lines in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
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