ITC Lake Erie Connector — New Connections. New Opportunities.

The ITC Lake Erie Connector is a proposed 1000 MW, bi-directional, High-Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) underwater merchant transmission line that will provide the first direct link between the markets of the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and PJM Interconnection, LLC (PJM). The line will enable transmission customers to more efficiently access energy, capacity, and renewable energy credit opportunities in both markets.

This project is being developed by ITC Holdings Corp., the largest independent electric transmission company in the United States. ITC acquired the rights to develop the Lake Erie Connector project from Lake Erie Power Corp. in June 2014.


Project Status

  • ITC filed a joint permit application with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on January 29, 2016.  View the ITC press release.
  • ITC held an open solicitation for interest in acquiring transmission capacity on the ITC Lake Erie Connector line between June 22 and August 21, 2015. ITC is now in negotiations with interested parties, with the objective to execute definitive agreements on mutually agreed-upon rates, terms and conditions.
  • ITC filed a major permit application with the U.S. Department of Energy on May 29, 2015. View the ITC press release.
  • ITC filed a major permit application with Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) on May 22, 2015. View the ITC press release. The NEB issued a Completeness Determination on October 19, 2015 - View in English; View in French. The ITC Lake Erie Connector NEB Application is available for public viewing at these locations.
  • ITC has held or participated in consultation events in Nanticoke, Ontario and public meetings in Erie County, Pennsylvania from December 2014 to present to discuss the project and gather community input.  
  • ITC submitted a Project Description to the National Energy Board of Canada in January 2015.
  • The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved ITC’s request for confirmation of negotiated rate authority for the Lake Erie Connector project in September 2014. This approval allowed ITC to engage interested customers and conduct a formal, non-binding open solicitation for capacity on the line.


Public Meetings/Consultation

Click the link above to view information about our public meetings and consultation events.