Joseph L. Welch, the Chairman, President and CEO of ITC Holdings Corp. (ITC), Interviews with The Wall Street Transcript

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Companies include: ITC Holdings Corp. (ITC) and many more.

In the following excerpt from the Alternative Energy & Utilities Report, the Chairman, President and CEO of ITC Holdings Corp. (ITC) discusses company strategy and the outlook for this vital industry:

TWST: This year marks the first year of your new five-year capital plan. Can you give us an overview of that plan and tell us about some of the key projects?

Mr. Welch: We pretty much laid out all of our key projects and strategy to position the company for continued growth. The projects are pretty much divided between what I call our normal growth projects, which are rebuilding the grid, and new transmission development projects. More of our focus now has been in the grid to the west of us - mainly in Iowa, at ITC Midwest. We still have work going on here in Michigan, which is very significant with the coming completion of our Thumb Loop project, which we anticipate will be completed on time next year. We're also working in Kansas, nearing completion of our V-Plan project. So when you summarize those projects, that puts us well into the $730 million to $840 million range for capital this year.

TWST: How would you characterize the current regulatory and rate environments for the company?

Mr. Welch: Lots of people have had a lot of thoughts about it, and it gets written about, but I still think that the rate environment - even after the New England return on equity order and the guidance that FERC is starting to give on all of the others - is very positive. This is still a business, and in the marketplace, it is still going to get superior returns, and you couple that with our growth profile. I hate to say this, and it sounds like it's an advertisement, but it's still a compelling investment proposition for investors.

TWST: Earlier this year, I spoke to your former CFO, and he mentioned the implementation of Order 1000 and the potential to increase competition. Can you speak a little more specifically to that? How much of the headwind remains?

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