ITC Michigan, through its Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC (METC) subsidiary, is modernizing electricity transmission infrastructure in Michigan. METC will build the new Shale Substation to replace the Saginaw River Substation in Saginaw County. The new 138,000 volt (138 kV) substation will increase capacity by increasing the amount of current, Amps, the wire or cables can carry and will be constructed in a breaker and a half configuration to increase reliability. This configuration could not be accommodated at the existing substation site. Construction is expected to begin in Q3 2021 and be completed by the end of 2022.
The Shale Substation Project 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 $5 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.