ITC is committed to a culture of safety in all things we do. The safety of our employees, facilities and the public is one of our highest priorities.
TOP 25% FOR SAFETY PERFORMANCE
ITC provides energy security to our customers in a safe, efficient and environmentally friendly manner. Our commitment to excellence in every part of our operations is evident in our system reliability and safety performance metrics.
PROMOTING PUBLIC SAFETY
As we work to deliver safe and reliable electricity to your community, it’s important to understand the safe practices for living and working near electric transmission lines.
SEASONAL SAFETY TIPS
Transmission lines often run through rural communities. It’s essential for everyone to know the safe practices for living, working and farming near transmission lines, especially during planting and harvest.
IF YOU ENCOUNTER A DOWNED WIRE, CALL 911. ALWAYS ASSUME A DOWNED WIRE IS LIVE. KEEP YOURSELF AND OTHERS AWAY UNTIL EMERGENCY WORKERS ARRIVE.
The power grid is a complex, interconnected network of generation, transmission, distribution, control, and communication technologies – all of which can be damaged by natural events such as severe storms and by malicious events, such as cyber and physical attacks. Developing a more resilient grid is an ongoing process. As threats to the grid evolve and become more sophisticated, ITC remains committed to continuing to strengthen its defenses.
ITC’s fundamentals for a strong security posture are:
- Detection and response
- Swift and robust recovery
ABOUT ELECTRIC AND MAGNETIC FIELDS
Power frequency electric and magnetic fields (EMF) exist wherever electricity is present. Common sources of EMF in our daily environments include electrical wiring in homes, offices, stores and public buildings such as schools and hospitals, home appliances, office and business equipment, as well as overhead and underground power lines. Common exposures to EMF from household sources can exceed those created by power lines. The electric utility industry continues to support a socially responsible and science-based response to EMF issues. LEARN MORE.
ABOUT ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE
Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP), also called High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP), refers to the detonation of a thermonuclear device above the earth’s atmosphere. It can present a threat across very large portions of the bulk electric system by causing simultaneous flashover faults (short circuits) on low voltage (distribution) portions of the power system. It can also destroy or damage unprotected electronic equipment resulting in the failure to sense, control, communicate and respond to power system conditions properly, as well as by preventing remote manual operation of the power system.
Intentional Electromagnetic Interference (IEMI) results from the intentional transmission of high energy radio frequency energy in an attempt to remotely disable, damage or destroy a facility or asset by assaulting its electronics. This threat is similar to EMP in the sense that it attempts to degrade electronic assets, but it is more local in scope and does not require nuclear technology.
ITC will lead and participate with others in industry and government to appropriately mitigate the potentially severe adverse consequences of EMP or IEMI attack, consistent with other high impact low frequency threats. LEARN MORE.
ABOUT GEOMAGNETIC DISTURBANCE
Geomagnetic Disturbances (GMD), also called geomagnetic storms, are events that arise from natural physical processes on the sun. While the storms can create beautiful aurora in the nighttime sky, they also can disrupt communication and navigation systems and cause harmful geomagnetic induced currents (GICs) in the electric power grid. ITC is participating in advancing the understanding of mitigation for these threats, as well as the development of appropriate reliability standards for the grid.. LEARN MORE.