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Independent Transmission Companies

Historically, virtually all high-voltage transmission built in the United States was planned, financed, designed, and constructed by electric utilities and federal hydroelectric marketing authorities.  Relatively new arrivals in the market are independent transmission companies (ITCs), who now have a growing role in expanding and modernizing our nation’s transmission infrastructure.  Entry of ITCs will not resolve all of Colorado’s transmission challenges, however opening the transmission enterprise to competition warrants investigation.  States’ utility statutory and regulatory structures have been identified by the ITCs as large considerations when selecting the states where they invest capital.