Blue Water Reinforcement Project

ITC Michigan is committed to serving customers and communities by providing safe, secure, reliable electricity transmission service to meet their needs. In Southeast Michigan, ITC will construct two new 345kV substations, rebuild four miles of an existing 120kV line and replace a number of structures on lines connecting to the new stations. Together, these infrastructure improvements represent a forward-looking, cost-effective approach that will improve the reliability of electric service to residents and businesses, facilitate new generation sources, and support current and future electricity demand throughout the region. 

Puttygut Station -  ITC has completed construction of the new 345kV Puttygut Station in China Twp. It will connect to the existing Jewell-St Clair #1 and Bell River – Fitz #2 345kV lines via new transmission lines. The first two rows of Puttygut Station are energized with the Belle River-Fitz #2 line cut-in and relay upgrades at Belle River and Fitz stations. The existing Jewell – St. Clair #1 line construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2021. 

Crimson Station -  ITC will construct the new 345kV Crimson Station in Washington Twp. starting in Q3 2021. It will cut in to the existing Belle River – Pontiac 345kV line and connect to a new Crimson – Jewell 345kV line. Additionally, ITC will replace approximately 10 structures on the proposed Belle River – Crimson 345kV line and approximately 12 structures on the proposed Crimson – Pontiac 345kV line. The station and line construction are expected to be completed by the spring of 2022.

Hamlin – Spokane Line Rebuild - ITC has completed, ahead of schedule, its rebuild of four miles of the Hamlin – Spokane 120 kV transmission line in Rochester Hills with higher-rated conductor (wires) for greater capacity. 

The Blue Water Reinforcement Project is an example of ITC’s ongoing commitment to the operational efficiency and reliability of Michigan’s high-voltage transmission grid. We have invested more than $5 billion in capital project maintenance and transmission infrastructure improvements in Michigan since 2003. Our investments are improving the reliability and safety of the transmission grid while ensuring its ability to meet new energy demands.

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