Reconfiguring Transmission for Renewables

Nov. 14, 2017
Images from the reconfiguration of towers and conductor to support the new wind generation

Nearly four decades ago, ITC Michigan built lattice-steel towers and a single-circuit extra-high-voltage transmission line for a planned nuclear plant. Now these structures are empowering a critical stretch of electrical transmission infrastructure capable of supporting up to 5000 MW of new wind generation in the Thumb region of Michigan.

Following are images from the reconfiguration of towers and conductor to support the new wind generation, saving resources, time and dollars. These images first appeared in the November 2017 T&D World "Structures" supplement.

About the Author

Todd Edwards

Todd Edwards is a professional engineer, serving as principal project manager for ITC Holdings Corp. in Novi, Michigan, U.S., and has 10 years of experience in high-voltage and extra-high-voltage transmission line design, project execution and management. He holds a BSCE degree from Lawrence Technological University and a MSCE degree from Wayne State University. Edwards is a certified project management professional.

About the Author

Joe Pattison

Joe Pattison is a professional engineer with more than eight years of experience in the design of power-delivery projects, ranging from 34.5-kV subtransmission lines up to 345-kV extra-high-voltage transmission lines. He holds a BSCE degree from the University of Kansas and serves as a project manager of transmission line projects for Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.

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