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L&P’s East Side Transmission Project Approved by MISO
(Traverse City, Michigan) —Traverse City Light & Power (L&P) was notified late last week that the board of directors of the Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) approved the East Side Transmission Project. The East Side Transmission Project has been listed on L&P’s Six Year Capital Improvements Plan for two years and has been approved by the L&P Board, Traverse City Planning Commission and Traverse City Commission.
MISO is an independent, nonprofit organization that assures unbiased regional electrical grid management and open access to electric transmission facilities under their supervision. MISO’s approval of the East Side Transmission Project means that the project will be included in the near term planned reliability upgrades to Michigan’s electric transmission grid. The project will include a new substation in the Hammond/Four Mile Roadarea along with upgrading an existing transmission line on Four Mile Road. The upgrades will improve system reliability for L&P customers in East Bay Township and the regional transmission grid, including the L&P service area.
“This was a significant critical step in the development of the project and provides L&P the authority to proceed,” said Ed Rice, L&P Executive Director. “But this does not mean that the project is a sure thing, as there are several additional critical path issues to resolve prior to final project approval.”
One of those critical steps will be to present a comprehensive plan to the East Bay Planning Commission for review and approval. A public hearing will also be held at this meeting to receive public input regarding the project.
Currently staff and a contracted engineering firm have completed property and topographical surveys, soil borings and have commenced substation design and layout. Next steps will be to address any other critical path issues.
Traverse City Light & Power (www.tclp.org) is a community-owned,
community-focused municipal utility that offers energy at low rates in the region to over 11,000 customers in Traverse City, and parts of Blair, East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield, Peninsula and Paradise townships.