ITC Great Plains Looks for Federal Support for Kansas Transmission

ITC Great Plains LLC filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the approval of rates that would apply to ITC Great Plains’ transmission projects in Kansas and elsewhere in the Southwest Power Pool Inc. (SPP) region. Approval of the application would provide the company with the regulatory certainty required to make transmission investments in Kansas and the SPP region.

“ITC and ITC Great Plains have a singular focus on electric transmission because we believe it has a critical role in supporting a national energy vision, improving electric reliability, supporting the integration of wind and other renewable resources and spurring economic development,” said Edward Rahill, senior vice president and CFO of ITC Holdings Corp. “This next step demonstrates ITC’s continued commitment to Kansas and the SPP region to build a robust transmission backbone needed to achieve these goals and provide a brighter, cleaner tomorrow.”

The application seeks approval of a formula transmission rate for ITC Great Plains as an independent transmission company in SPP. The application also seeks incentives for major transmission projects that ITC Great Plains has committed to construct in Kansas, including the KETA Project, which would run from Spearville to a point near Hays, Kansas and then northward to Axtell, Nebraska, and the Kansas V-Plan, which would run from Spearville southward to Comanche County and then on a northeastern track to Wichita.

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