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Bluewater Reinforcement Project

These infrastructure improvements represent a forward-looking, cost-effective approach that improve the reliability of electric service to residents and businesses, facilitate new generation sources, and support current and future electricity demand throughout the region.


Project Summary

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 has constructed two new 345kV substations, rebuilt four miles of an existing 120kV line, and replaced a number of structures on lines connecting to the new stations. 

Together, these infrastructure improvements represent a forward-looking, cost-effective approach that 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 connects 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.

Crimson Station—ITC has completed construction of the new 345kV Crimson Station in Washington Twp. It cuts in to the existing Belle River-Pontiac 345kV line and connects to a new Crimson – Jewell 345kV line. Additionally, ITC has replaced approximately 10 structures on the proposed Belle River – Crimson 345kV line and approximately 12 structures on the proposed Crimson – Pontiac 345kV line.

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 power grid while ensuring its ability to meet new energy demands.

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