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Green Power Superhighway in the Fastlane

The new energy lines and transmission centers that will help move power throughout the Midwest of America took a faithful step closer to becoming a reality.  Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved transmission infrastructure investment rate incentives for a proposed 3,000-mile regional "green power superhighway." This new infrastructure will aid delivery of wind-powered renewable energy from the upper Midwest to consumers in and around Chicago, Minneapolis and other load centers.

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The project is spearheaded by Green Power Express LP, a transmission-only limited partnership formed by Michigan-based ITC Holdings Corp.  This limited partnership designed the project with three goals in mind; to provide consumers energy from remote producers, to enhance regional electric markets with fuel alternatives and decrease congestion on existing power lines.

The planned system will span seven states and deliver up to 12,000 megawatts of wind energy and stored energy.  The network is estimated to cost between $10 and $12 billion.  Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the FERC, stated this project is fulfilling the federal governments promise of providing a national renewable energy grid.