ITC Holdings Corp., through its Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC (METC) subsidiary, is upgrading electricity transmission infrastructure in west Michigan. METC has retired its aging Blendon Substation and worked with Wolverine Power Cooperative to acquire its nearby 69,000 volt (69 kV) ring bus station. METC converted the 69 kV station to 138 kV, and relocated its Four Mile and Campbell 138 kV lines into the new station. Additionally, the new station interconnects with Grand Haven Board of Light & Power and Zeeland Board of Public Works. Construction was completed in Q1 2020.
ITC’s approach to transmission infrastructure development takes into consideration the unique nature of every project. Projects are assessed individually for safety, reliability, cost-effectiveness, environmental impacts and community impacts to determine the best transmission solution for each project.
The Blendon substation is an example of ITC’s ongoing commitment to the operational efficiency and reliability of Michigan’s high-voltage transmission grid. The company has invested more than $4.7 billion in capital project maintenance and transmission infrastructure improvements in Michigan since 2003. These investments are improving the reliability and safety of the transmission infrastructure while ensuring its ability to meet new energy demands.