Michigan, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] ITC Holdings Corp. announced that over the past year it has worked to develop the “Green Power Express”, a network of transmission lines that could facilitate the movement of 12,000 megawatts (MW) of power from the wind-abundant areas in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa to Midwest load centers, such as Chicago, southeastern Wisconsin, Minneapolis and other states that demand renewable energy.
The Green Power Express transmission project will traverse portions of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana and could ultimately include approximately 3,000 miles of extra high-voltage (765-kilovolt) transmission.
The entire project is currently estimated to cost approximately US $10-12 billion. The project addresses the recognized lack of electric transmission infrastructure needed to integrate renewable wind energy, the company said.
“We are proud to announce the Green Power Express after almost a year of studies, stakeholder discussions and development,” said Joseph Welch, chairman, president and CEO of ITC. “The Green Power Express will create the much-needed link between the renewable energy-rich regions of the Midwest and high-demand population centers. The plan is consistent with efforts supported by organizations such as the Upper Midwest Transmission Development Initiative and promotes a national energy vision.”