This project ensures Cedar Rapids has a stronger connection to the high-voltage transmission grid and additional access to needed electricity generation sources.
In December 2021, ITC Midwest completed a new 345 kV (345,000 volt) electricity transmission line from the Beverly Substation along 26th Street in southwest Cedar Rapids, west and south to the new Morgan Valley substation near Walford. This transmission line spans approximately seven miles.
This new line and substation are adding value by:
providing additional access to the high voltage electricity transmission system for the Cedar Rapids area
increasing the geographical diversity for high voltage sources into the area
serving the industrial load center on the southwest side of Cedar Rapids
decreasing load on lines from the Duane Arnold Energy Substation into the Cedar Rapids metro area, reducing line losses and improving the area’s voltage profile
providing additional voltage regulation, support and stability in the Cedar Rapids metro area, especially on the southwest side of the city
enabling the system to serve increased load growth in the future.
With the permanent shutdown of the Duane Arnold Energy Center in August 2020, the Beverly-Morgan Valley project ensures Cedar Rapids has a stronger connection to the high-voltage transmission grid and additional access to needed electricity generation sources.