New Orleans, September 24, 2012 — ITC Holdings Corp. and Entergy Corp. filed a joint application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeking approval for Entergy's utility operating companies to spin off and merge their electric transmission businesses into a unit of ITC.
Upon closing of the transaction, ITC will become one of the largest electric transmission companies in the U.S., with more than 30,000 miles of transmission lines spanning 11 states from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast.
The transaction provides the opportunity for a leading independent transmission company to continue to expand the grid serving a large area of the mid-South and to deliver growing benefits to customers and communities.
The FERC application seeks approval for Entergy to transfer more than 15,800 miles of interconnected transmission lines at voltages of 69kV and above and the associated substations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas to ITC.
These assets then will be placed under the functional control of the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator or MISO, a party to the filing. Meanwhile, Entergy's operating companies will continue to own and operate their respective distribution and generation businesses and will provide customer service, billing, outage reporting and restoration services to homes and businesses in the region.
In addition to the miles of transmission lines and acres of substations involved in the transaction, approximately 750 Entergy employees, including key leadership personnel from Entergy's transmission business, will become employees of ITC. ITC will establish and maintain a regional headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi, where the headquarters of Entergy's transmission business currently is located. ITC also will have offices and warehouses throughout the service territory to ensure a local presence and timely response to stakeholder and system needs.