DATC plans transmission development in five Midwestern states

Charlotte, N.C., September 12, 2011 — Duke-American Transmission Co. released its first set of transmission projects that include seven new transmission line projects in five Midwestern states.

These projects will fill gaps in the existing transmission grid, improve electric system reliability and market efficiency, provide economic benefits to local utilities and enable increased delivery of high-quality renewable resources.

In submittals to regional transmission organizations MISO and PJM, DATC will propose seven distinct projects in Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

The DATC projects include more than 1,300 circuit miles of 345-kV lines and 550 miles of 500-kV high-voltage direct-current lines. The individual projects range from 65 to 696 miles and have a total cost of about $4 billion.

DATC will submit these projects to MISO for inclusion in the Midwest Transmission Expansion Plan; a subset of these projects will be submitted to PJM's Regional Transmission Expansion Plan.

The company will commence meetings with the local utilities, regulators, public officials and agencies in the five states in which the projects are proposed, as well as with federal and regional energy regulators. The projects would be constructed in phases over the next 10 years, with certain projects serving as prerequisites for others.

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