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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

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Marking 10 Years of Success - Thank you for your partnership!

In December, ITC marked the 10th anniversary of its purchase of the electric transmission system from Alliant Energy’s Interstate Power & Light Company and the creation of ITC Midwest. It was an opportunity to pause and reflect on all we have accomplished in the past decade. And we have accomplished a great deal!

  • We have rebuilt more than 400 miles of 34.5 kV lines to be capable of operating at 69 kV, improving reliability along with system capacity.
  • We have completed 27 new generator interconnections, allowing more than 3,400 megawatts of new electricity generation to reach customers. The majority of that is new renewable energy generation.
  • We have constructed nearly 200 miles of new high-voltage 345 kV lines in Minnesota and Iowa as part of the multi-state Multi-Value Projects (MVPs), creating a strong energy backbone for the regional transmission system.
  • We have reduced transmission outages by nearly 50 percent thanks to our investments and proactive maintenance practices.
  • Through sponsorships, charitable giving, grants and other initiatives, we have invested more than $2 million in community programs, environmental projects and social concerns in the communities we serve.


We have accomplished so much, and are excited about the work that lies ahead. It is all made possible through our partnership with key stakeholders like you. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with you to make our communities stronger, grow the local economies and support the quality of life we all enjoy. Thank you for a great first decade. Here’s to the next 10 years of progress!

Sincerely,

Krista Tanner
President, ITC Midwest

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ITC Midwest President, Krista Tanner, and Field Supervisor, Jack Horn, tour the new Woody Substation just outside Ottumwa.


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ITC Midwest President, Krista Tanner.

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PROJECT UPDATE

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Progress Continues on ITC Midwest Multi-Value and Capital Projects

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) has identified 17 Multi-Value Projects (MVP) designed to provide access to low-cost electricity generation, improve reliability and efficiency, and expand access to renewable energy resources throughout the Midwest region. ITC Midwest is working with partner utilities throughout the region on four of these projects, which are in various stages of permitting and construction, with three nearing completion.

Construction is coming to a close on the ITC Midwest portion of MVP 3, a 345 kV transmission line connecting ITC Midwest’s Lakefield Junction and Huntley Substations in southern Minnesota, and Ledyard and Kossuth Substations in northern Iowa. The Lakefield Junction to Huntley line went into service in May, and the Ledyard to Kossuth line is expected to enter service in Q4 2018.

A 55-mile segment of MVP 4 between ITC Midwest’s Ledyard and Colby Substations in northern Iowa began construction in late 2017. When completed, this project will link the Ledyard, Colby and Killdeer substations, and will extend south to the area of the Hampton Tap, where line ownership changes to MidAmerican Energy. Completion of ITC Midwest’s portion of MVP 4 is anticipated in Q4 2019.

A major portion of MVP 5 is a 345 kV line connecting ITC Midwest’s Hickory Creek Substation in northeast Iowa and ATC’s Cardinal Substation in Middleton, Wisconsin. This project is currently under regulatory review in both states, with an anticipated completion date of 2023.

The Ottumwa-Iowa/Missouri Border Transmission Project is part of MVP 7, a new 345 kV transmission line planned and to be constructed in coordination with MidAmerican Energy. With the regulatory and easement acquisition processes now complete, pre-construction work is expected to begin in fall 2018 with line completion slated for May 2019.

We strive to be good neighbors, and recognize the transmission planning and construction process takes time. We are thankful for the patience and commitment of the stakeholders we serve – especially the landowners along our line routes. Just as our transmission lines remain in the community for many years, we maintain an ongoing commitment to working with residents, businesses and local leaders to foster long-lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships. 


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Progress Continues on ITC Midwest Multi-Value and Capital Projects

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) has identified 17 Multi-Value Projects (MVP) designed to provide access to low-cost electricity generation, improve reliability and efficiency, and expand access to renewable energy resources throughout the Midwest region. ITC Midwest is working with partner utilities throughout the region on four of these projects, which are in various stages of permitting and construction, with three nearing completion.

Construction is coming to a close on the ITC Midwest portion of MVP 3, a 345 kV transmission line connecting ITC Midwest’s Lakefield Junction and Huntley Substations in southern Minnesota, and Ledyard and Kossuth Substations in northern Iowa. The Lakefield Junction to Huntley line went into service in May, and the Ledyard to Kossuth line is expected to enter service in Q4 2018.

A 55-mile segment of MVP 4 between ITC Midwest’s Ledyard and Colby Substations in northern Iowa began construction in late 2017. When completed, this project will link the Ledyard, Colby and Killdeer substations, and will extend south to the area of the Hampton Tap, where line ownership changes to MidAmerican Energy. Completion of ITC Midwest’s portion of MVP 4 is anticipated in Q4 2019.

A major portion of MVP 5 is a 345 kV line connecting ITC Midwest’s Hickory Creek Substation in northeast Iowa and ATC’s Cardinal Substation in Middleton, Wisconsin. This project is currently under regulatory review in both states, with an anticipated completion date of 2023.

The Ottumwa-Iowa/Missouri Border Transmission Project is part of MVP 7, a new 345 kV transmission line planned and to be constructed in coordination with MidAmerican Energy. With the regulatory and easement acquisition processes now complete, pre-construction work is expected to begin in fall 2018 with line completion slated for May 2019.

We strive to be good neighbors, and recognize the transmission planning and construction process takes time. We are thankful for the patience and commitment of the stakeholders we serve – especially the landowners along our line routes. Just as our transmission lines remain in the community for many years, we maintain an ongoing commitment to working with residents, businesses and local leaders to foster long-lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships. 


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PROJECT UPDATE

Progress Continues on ITC Midwest Multi-Value and Capital Projects

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) has identified 17 Multi-Value Projects (MVP) designed to provide access to low-cost electricity generation, improve reliability and efficiency, and expand access to renewable energy resources throughout the Midwest region. ITC Midwest is working with partner utilities throughout the region on four of these projects, which are in various stages of permitting and construction, with three nearing completion.

Construction is coming to a close on the ITC Midwest portion of MVP 3, a 345 kV transmission line connecting ITC Midwest’s Lakefield Junction and Huntley Substations in southern Minnesota, and Ledyard and Kossuth Substations in northern Iowa. The Lakefield Junction to Huntley line went into service in May, and the Ledyard to Kossuth line is expected to enter service in Q4 2018.

A 55-mile segment of MVP 4 between ITC Midwest’s Ledyard and Colby Substations in northern Iowa began construction in late 2017. When completed, this project will link the Ledyard, Colby and Killdeer substations, and will extend south to the area of the Hampton Tap, where line ownership changes to MidAmerican Energy. Completion of ITC Midwest’s portion of MVP 4 is anticipated in Q4 2019.

A major portion of MVP 5 is a 345 kV line connecting ITC Midwest’s Hickory Creek Substation in northeast Iowa and ATC’s Cardinal Substation in Middleton, Wisconsin. This project is currently under regulatory review in both states, with an anticipated completion date of 2023.

The Ottumwa-Iowa/Missouri Border Transmission Project is part of MVP 7, a new 345 kV transmission line planned and to be constructed in coordination with MidAmerican Energy. With the regulatory and easement acquisition processes now complete, pre-construction work is expected to begin in fall 2018 with line completion slated for May 2019.

We strive to be good neighbors, and recognize the transmission planning and construction process takes time. We are thankful for the patience and commitment of the stakeholders we serve – especially the landowners along our line routes. Just as our transmission lines remain in the community for many years, we maintain an ongoing commitment to working with residents, businesses and local leaders to foster long-lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships. 



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ITC Supports Friends of Pool 9

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The Friends of Pool 9 is a community-based, grassroots, non-profit organization comprised of individual, family and business members who share a common mission to conserve the natural and cultural resources with Pool 9 of the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, and to foster wise use and enjoyment of the Refuge and the Upper Mississippi River. As one of the most active groups sponsored by ITC Midwest, Friends of Pool 9 members participate in several major activities each year including a river cleanup, projects at the Genoa Fish Hatchery and beach restoration along Pool 9 of the Mississippi River.

In addition, Friends of Pool 9 are involved in tree plantings on islands and other spots along the river. Members conduct a bald eagle survey along the 31 miles of Pool 9, and co-sponsored an eagle day this spring, as well as presenting educational events at area schools. In 2017, Friends of Pool 9 used the funds provided by ITC to coordinate intern activities to develop baseline data on river forests on the Upper Mississippi River.

Since our transmission systems cross all types of environments, we are committed to being a good steward of the land, water and air. We integrate a sustainable approach to the environment in all the work we do, from our building operations to collaborating with partners to plant native species and protect wildlife within our transmission corridors. ITC Midwest is pleased to partner with the Friends of Pool 9 for the fifth consecutive year to help support the organization’s ongoing efforts to re-establish trees on the Upper Mississippi River Fish and Wildlife Refuge, as well as the group’s educational events. 

 


ITC Supports Friends of Pool 9

The Friends of Pool 9 is a community-based, grassroots, non-profit organization comprised of individual, family and business members who share a common mission to conserve the natural and cultural resources with Pool 9 of the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, and to foster wise use and enjoyment of the Refuge and the Upper Mississippi River. As one of the most active groups sponsored by ITC Midwest, Friends of Pool 9 members participate in several major activities each year including a river cleanup, projects at the Genoa Fish Hatchery and beach restoration along Pool 9 of the Mississippi River.

In addition, Friends of Pool 9 are involved in tree plantings on islands and other spots along the river. Members conduct a bald eagle survey along the 31 miles of Pool 9, and co-sponsored an eagle day this spring, as well as presenting educational events at area schools. In 2017, Friends of Pool 9 used the funds provided by ITC to coordinate intern activities to develop baseline data on river forests on the Upper Mississippi River.

Since our transmission systems cross all types of environments, we are committed to being a good steward of the land, water and air. We integrate a sustainable approach to the environment in all the work we do, from our building operations to collaborating with partners to plant native species and protect wildlife within our transmission corridors. ITC Midwest is pleased to partner with the Friends of Pool 9 for the fifth consecutive year to help support the organization’s ongoing efforts to re-establish trees on the Upper Mississippi River Fish and Wildlife Refuge, as well as the group’s educational events. 

 

ITC Supports Friends of Pool 9

The Friends of Pool 9 is a community-based, grassroots, non-profit organization comprised of individual, family and business members who share a common mission to conserve the natural and cultural resources with Pool 9 of the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, and to foster wise use and enjoyment of the Refuge and the Upper Mississippi River. As one of the most active groups sponsored by ITC Midwest, Friends of Pool 9 members participate in several major activities each year including a river cleanup, projects at the Genoa Fish Hatchery and beach restoration along Pool 9 of the Mississippi River.

In addition, Friends of Pool 9 are involved in tree plantings on islands and other spots along the river. Members conduct a bald eagle survey along the 31 miles of Pool 9, and co-sponsored an eagle day this spring, as well as presenting educational events at area schools. In 2017, Friends of Pool 9 used the funds provided by ITC to coordinate intern activities to develop baseline data on river forests on the Upper Mississippi River.

Since our transmission systems cross all types of environments, we are committed to being a good steward of the land, water and air. We integrate a sustainable approach to the environment in all the work we do, from our building operations to collaborating with partners to plant native species and protect wildlife within our transmission corridors. ITC Midwest is pleased to partner with the Friends of Pool 9 for the fifth consecutive year to help support the organization’s ongoing efforts to re-establish trees on the Upper Mississippi River Fish and Wildlife Refuge, as well as the group’s educational events. 

 
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Community highlight: Ottumwa, Iowa

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ITC Midwest is closely connected to hundreds of cities and towns across its service territory. In recognition of this partnership, in this section we profile key communities where ITC Midwest is active and involved.

Known as the city of bridges, Ottumwa – a city that has traditionally served as the trade and economic center of southeast Iowa – is the anchor city for a new 345kV electric transmission line stretching to Missouri. The project is part of a network of new transmission lines planned and constructed by ITC Midwest and MidAmerican Energy Co.

Established in 1844 as a river-front, coal-mining town, Ottumwa is growing with locally owned businesses and national companies both investing in the community. With major employers such as JBS Pork and John Deere Ottumwa Works creating a strong industrial base, the city has expanding commercial districts, offers many educational opportunities and provides a variety of entertainment choices.

The Ottumwa-Border line project is one of 17 transmission projects that MISO, the independent transmission organization for 15 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Manitoba, studied and designated as a “Multi-Value Project” (MVP). By providing improved reliability, expanding access to generation sources, increasing system efficiency and spurring economic investment, the new line will benefit Iowa and the MISO region. ITC Midwest has also constructed the Woody Substation (just outside Ottumwa city limits), which is another example of the company’s commitment to reliability and system efficiency.

To complement its work to improve the electric transmission system, ITC Midwest takes pride in being a good neighbor and supporting the communities it serves. In the past, ITC Midwest has sponsored the Ottumwa Holiday Nights ’N Lights and provided a grant to support the Wapello County 4-H Expo.

ITC Midwest is grateful to partner with Ottumwa!



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Community highlight: Ottumwa, Iowa

ITC Midwest is closely connected to hundreds of cities and towns across its service territory. In recognition of this partnership, in this section we profile key communities where ITC Midwest is active and involved.

Known as the city of bridges, Ottumwa – a city that has traditionally served as the trade and economic center of southeast Iowa – is the anchor city for a new 345kV electric transmission line stretching to Missouri. The project is part of a network of new transmission lines planned and constructed by ITC Midwest and MidAmerican Energy Co.

Established in 1844 as a river-front, coal-mining town, Ottumwa is growing with locally owned businesses and national companies both investing in the community. With major employers such as JBS Pork and John Deere Ottumwa Works creating a strong industrial base, the city has expanding commercial districts, offers many educational opportunities and provides a variety of entertainment choices.

The Ottumwa-Border line project is one of 17 transmission projects that MISO, the independent transmission organization for 15 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Manitoba, studied and designated as a “Multi-Value Project” (MVP). By providing improved reliability, expanding access to generation sources, increasing system efficiency and spurring economic investment, the new line will benefit Iowa and the MISO region. ITC Midwest has also constructed the Woody Substation (just outside Ottumwa city limits), which is another example of the company’s commitment to reliability and system efficiency.

To complement its work to improve the electric transmission system, ITC Midwest takes pride in being a good neighbor and supporting the communities it serves. In the past, ITC Midwest has sponsored the Ottumwa Holiday Nights ’N Lights and provided a grant to support the Wapello County 4-H Expo.

ITC Midwest is grateful to partner with Ottumwa!


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Community highlight: Ottumwa, Iowa

ITC Midwest is closely connected to hundreds of cities and towns across its service territory. In recognition of this partnership, in this section we profile key communities where ITC Midwest is active and involved.

Known as the city of bridges, Ottumwa – a city that has traditionally served as the trade and economic center of southeast Iowa – is the anchor city for a new 345kV electric transmission line stretching to Missouri. The project is part of a network of new transmission lines planned and constructed by ITC Midwest and MidAmerican Energy Co.

Established in 1844 as a river-front, coal-mining town, Ottumwa is growing with locally owned businesses and national companies both investing in the community. With major employers such as JBS Pork and John Deere Ottumwa Works creating a strong industrial base, the city has expanding commercial districts, offers many educational opportunities and provides a variety of entertainment choices.

The Ottumwa-Border line project is one of 17 transmission projects that MISO, the independent transmission organization for 15 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Manitoba, studied and designated as a “Multi-Value Project” (MVP). By providing improved reliability, expanding access to generation sources, increasing system efficiency and spurring economic investment, the new line will benefit Iowa and the MISO region. ITC Midwest has also constructed the Woody Substation (just outside Ottumwa city limits), which is another example of the company’s commitment to reliability and system efficiency.

To complement its work to improve the electric transmission system, ITC Midwest takes pride in being a good neighbor and supporting the communities it serves. In the past, ITC Midwest has sponsored the Ottumwa Holiday Nights ’N Lights and provided a grant to support the Wapello County 4-H Expo.

ITC Midwest is grateful to partner with Ottumwa!

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