The project includes a 18-mile, 345 kV high-voltage electric transmission line from Hugo to Valliant and 345 kV/138 kV substation.

WFEC CEO Gary Roulet said completion of the ITC 345 kV project should reduce transmission congestion, improve reliability and reinforce long-term economics of the Hugo Plant.

"Access to regional generation resources should positively benefit consumer electric bills," Roulet added.

The substation is adjacent to a Western Farmers Electric Cooperative’s (WFEC) power plant in Hugo and connects the WFEC 138kV transmission system.

ITC’s investment in the Oklahoma project in the Southwest Power Pool region is intended to rebuild the nation’s electrical grid.

ITC Grid Development vice president Terry S. Harvill said the company recently earned federal certification as a Transmission Operator in the Southwest Power Pool region.

"This allows ITC to operate new projects as they are placed into service," Harvill added.

ITC Great Plains, is a transmission-only utility operating in the Southwest Power Pool region and is not into power generation.