Thursday, September 22, 2016

ITC high-voltage transmission tower inspections to commence in northern Michigan

ITC’s aerial inspections of high-voltage transmission towers and lines will take place in northern Michigan between Sept. 26 and Oct. 7.

The semi-annual patrols conducted in northern Michigan will span the approximate area between U.S. 10 north and the tip of the Lower Peninsula. Helicopter patrols will assess the overall status of the overhead transmission system, meeting the requirements established by the North American Electrical Reliability Corporation (NERC) for ITC’s vegetation management program.

The inspections will cover systems operated by two ITC operating entities – ITCTransmission and Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC. The endeavor affirms ITC’s model for operation excellence, evaluating the condition of steel towers, wood poles, conductors, insulators and other equipment, ensuring that the system is free from vegetation hazards and risks caused by damaged or worn equipment.

Residents of the area in which patrols will be taking place are reminded that there is no need for concern if a low-flying helicopter is spotted near transmission lines. Inspection flights frequently require low-altitude visual inspections of equipment, as crews check for lightning damage, wear or other potential problems.

ITC inspection flights will conclude on approximately Nov. 4 after covering nearly all of the Lower Peninsula over the course of more than two months.


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