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 transmission line that would provide the first direct link between the markets of the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and PJM Interconnection, LLC (PJM). The line would 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 electricity 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. ITC is a Fortis company.


Project Status

  • On January 19, 2017, Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) recommended issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the project. View the ITC press release. View the NEB Report
  • On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy granted the project a Presidential Permit, which is required for international border-crossing projects. View the ITC press release. View the Presidential Permit.
  • ITC is now in bilateral negotiations with prospective counterparties which participated in the company's open solicitation process in 2015 for transmission capacity on the line.
  • 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 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 numerous public consultations in Ontario and Pennsylvania -- the respective terrestrial points of the line -- 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.
  • ITC has completed the necessary system impact studies in IESO and PJM, signed service agreements with the manufacturers of the converter stations and the submarine cable, and secured nearly all land necessary for the terrestrial cable route, converter stations and construction laydown areas.


Public Meetings/Consultation

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