Cedar Rapids, Iowa, January 11, 2010 — ITC Midwest LLC connected 716 MW of installed wind power generation to the company’s electric transmission system in 2009.
The amount of wind energy produced by this generation is about the same as the electric energy consumed by 200,000 homes.
Combined with the 810 MW of new wind generation connected to the ITC Midwest system during 2008, the company has connected more than 1,500 MW of wind energy in the two years since it established operations in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Missouri.
ITC Midwest acquired nearly 6,800 miles of electric transmission lines in December 2007 from Alliant Energy’s Interstate Power and Light Co. subsidiary.
The 716 MW of new wind generation connected in 2009 represents the nameplate output of five new Iowa wind farms. ITC is also working with wind energy developers on their plans to connect hundreds of additional megawatts of wind energy to the grid in 2010.
Although ITC Midwest has more than 2,200 MW of wind generation capacity connected to its system in Iowa and Minnesota — representing more than one third of the combined installed wind energy in the two states —transmission constraints limit the output of wind generation to the system, Collins said.
ITC Midwest is a wholly-owned unit of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s only fully independent electric transmission company. Headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, ITC Midwest acquired the electric transmission assets of Alliant Energy’s Interstate Power & Light Co. subsidiary in December 2007.
The company owns and operates transmission lines in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Missouri, and maintains operating locations at Dubuque, Iowa City and Perry, Iowa; and Albert Lea and Lakefield, Minnesota.