American Transmission Co. projects Project website for a Wisconsin-based company that owns and operates the high-voltage electric transmission system that powers communities in portions of the Upper Midwest. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:50:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 PSC signals approval for Badger Coulee Transmission Line Project Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:46:01 +0000 PSC commissioners verbally approve Northern Route at open meeting; final order will be issued by April 24, 2015

MADISON, Wis. – Following more than four years of public involvement and regulatory review, the merits of the 345,000-volt Badger Coulee Transmission Line Project were discussed today by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. At an open meeting, the PSC commissioners agreed with the project’s need and benefits outlined by American Transmission Co. and Xcel Energy for the approximately 180-mile line, which will electrically connect the La Crosse area to northern Dane County. The next step is for the Commissioners’ discussion to be documented in a written order and then approved by the Commissioners at an open meeting before April 24, 2015.

“We appreciate the public’s active involvement throughout our public outreach and the regulatory review process,” said ATC Manager of Environmental and Local Relations Greg Levesque. “Public input helps identify ways to avoid and minimize environmental and community impacts. We will continue to communicate with affected property owners and communities in the years to come to ensure the safe construction of the line.”

During the meeting, PSC commissioners selected the Northern Route, which was one of the two options submitted by the applicants. More than 90 percent of the Northern Route uses existing utility and Interstate or U.S. highway corridors. The project’s end points are Xcel Energy’s new Briggs Road Substation near Holmen and ATC’s North Madison Substation in the Town of Vienna, continuing to ATC’s Cardinal Substation in the Town of Middleton. The PSC’s order for the project, including any minor route adjustments or conditions ATC and Xcel Energy must meet to construct the project, will be issued by April 24, 2015.

This project has been designated a Multi-Value Project by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator because it will enable the delivery of energy in support of reliability, economic and public policy benefits. The $580 million estimated project cost will be shared among all electric users in MISO’s footprint, which includes 15 Midwestern states and the Canadian province of Manitoba.

“We are pleased that the PSC has recognized the need for and benefits of this project.” said Xcel Energy Manager, Regional Transmission Initiatives Kyle Neidermire. “This project will help ensure electric reliability and provide access to lower-cost power and renewable energy for all electric users in the region.”

ATC and Xcel Energy will begin reaching out to impacted property owners along the selected route this year. Project construction is expected to begin in 2016 to meet an in-service date of 2018.

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A map of the proposed route options and additional project information are available at

ATC and Xcel Energy’s application and documents associated with the regulatory review process are available at under Docket No. 5-CE-142.

About ATC
American Transmission Co. is a Wisconsin-based company that owns and operates the electric transmission system in portions of the Upper Midwest. Formed in 2001 as the nation’s first multi-state transmission-only utility, ATC has invested $3.5 billion to improve the adequacy and reliability of its infrastructure. ATC now has $3.8 billion in assets, including more than 9,530 miles of transmission lines and 530 substations. The company is a member of the MISO regional transmission organization, and provides nondiscriminatory service to all customers, supporting effective competition in energy markets without favoring any market participant. For more information, visit our website at

About Xcel Energy
Xcel Energy is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company, with retail operations in eight Western and Midwestern states, including Wisconsin. Xcel Energy provides a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity customers and 1.9 million natural gas customers through its regulated operating companies. Company headquarters are located in Minneapolis, and Wisconsin-Michigan operating company headquarters are located in Eau Claire, Wis. For more information about Xcel Energy visit

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Paris-Albers transmission line placed into service Fri, 13 Mar 2015 19:13:42 +0000 Project enhances safety, reliability

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – American Transmission Co. today energized the Paris-Albers Rebuild Project in Kenosha County. The 138,000-volt, 12.5-mile line, which runs from the Paris Substation in Paris to the Albers Substation in Kenosha, will enhance electric reliability for southeastern Wisconsin.

Seventy-seven aging, wood transmission poles were replaced with new wood and steel structures and the old wires were replaced with new wires. No new right-of-way was needed for the project, and the new poles were placed within a few feet of the existing poles.

“This project will help ensure safe and reliable transmission operations in the future and adequate clearances between the wires and the ground,” said Mary Carpenter, senior local relations representative for ATC.

ATC received approval for the project from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in spring 2014, and construction began in fall 2014. The project was completed on time and is projected to come in under the PSC-approved budget of $11.5 million.

A map of the project and additional information can be found at

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New electrical facilities approved for Brillion Iron Works Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:26:47 +0000 American Transmission Co. to build new substation, short power lines for local reliability

DE PERE, Wis. – The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has approved plans for $14 million in electrical transmission improvements in the area of Brillion Iron Works to support the local distribution system owned and operated by Wisconsin Public Service Corp.

The project will involve building a new substation on BIW property, a new 0.3-mile 69,000 volt line to connect the foundry to the new substation, along with an extension of a double-circuit 138,000/69,000 volt line to the new substation. Additional work also will be required at the Glenview Substation in Brillion.

The ATC project is part of an asset renewal process being undertaken by WPS to address load growth at BIW. Currently, BIW is served by a single electrical line; the new project will supply the foundry with additional lines, greatly improving reliability for this large regional employer.

Construction on the ATC facilities will begin in summer 2015 and the project is expected to be placed into service in August 2016.

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Final route options for power line project to be presented at ATC public open house Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:10:35 +0000 Proposed project will be submitted in April to state regulators for review

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – American Transmission Co. is hosting a final public open house on Tuesday, Jan. 27 for the proposed Spring Valley-North Lake Geneva Electric Reliability Project. The open house gives area residents and other stakeholders the opportunity to review the proposed substation location and preferred and alternate routes for the 25-mile, 138-kilovolt transmission line from southern Walworth County to western Kenosha County, Wis. ATC plans to submit its application to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in April 2015 for permission to build the line and substation. If approved, the PSC will select one route to be built.

The public is invited to attend the open house on Tuesday, Jan. 27, any time between 4 and 7:30 p.m. at the Wheatland Center Elementary School Cafeteria, located at6606 368th Ave. in Burlington.

“The two proposed routes represent the options the project team members believe best meet state routing and siting criteria based on impacts, costs, constructability, operation and maintenance,” said Mary Carpenter, senior local relations representative.

The electric transmission system in the area is vulnerable to low voltages and power outages and can no longer adequately support the lower-voltage distribution system. ATC studies indicate that the project would strengthen the electric transmission system to meet the growing use of electricity. This estimated $72 million to $92 million project would provide system redundancy and allow for maintenance outages when repairs are needed.

The Spring Valley-North Lake Geneva Electric Reliability Project was introduced to the public in early 2013. Since then, the ATC project team has been gathering field data and public input and evaluating community and environmental impacts to determine the most suitable route options for a proposed transmission line and substation. Preliminary transmission line corridors and routes were presented to the public during open houses in January 2013, and again in March 2014. If state regulators approve the project, construction would begin in 2017 to meet an in-service date of 2019.

Note to editors: A map showing the two proposed route options can be found here. Additional information about the project is available at

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ATC awards $55,000 to communities for vegetation plantings Mon, 05 Jan 2015 20:51:43 +0000 Program continues to support beautification efforts, electric reliability

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – American Transmission Co. has awarded $55,000 to 33 communities in its service area to plant trees and other vegetation. The Community Planting Program, now in its second year, supports the reliability of the electric transmission system and helps to beautify communities by promoting plantings located outside of transmission line rights-of-way.

“It’s ATC’s responsibility to keep trees and brush out of the transmission line rights-of-way for public safety and electric system reliability,” said ATC Environmental and Local Relations Manager Greg Levesque. “Collaborating with communities in our service territory to educate them about vegetation growth in the rights-of-way helps ATC maintain the safety and electric reliability of the grid.”

Municipalities and counties received funding ranging from $500 to $4,000 for planting projects on public property where ATC facilities exist. To qualify, community recipients committed to complying with ATC’s maintenance standards for all current and future planting plans and urban forestry activities near high-voltage electric transmission lines.

The Community Planting Program is part of ATC’s Grow Smart initiative – a program that promotes planting native, low-growing vegetation near transmission line rights-of-way. Trees and other vegetation purchased by communities through the Community Planting Program reinforces this initiative by encouraging the planting of tall-growing trees and other vegetation outside the transmission line rights-of-way.

The 2014 Community Planting Program funding recipients include:

Algoma, Wis. Lisbon, Wis. Rib Mountain, Wis.
Amherst, Wis. Manitowoc, Wis. Rhinelander, Wis.
Bayside, Wis. Menasha, Wis. Spencer, Wis.
Bellevue, Wis. Mequon, Wis. Stevens Point, Wis.
Bristol, Wis. Merrill, Wis. Waterford, Wis.
Brooklyn, Wis. Oakdale, Wis. Waukesha, Wis.
Cambridge, Wis. Oconto, Wis. Waupaca, Wis.
Fond du Lac, Wis. Ozaukee County, Wis. Wescott, Wis.
Fort Atkinson, Wis. Pittsville, Wis. Wilson, Wis.
Gilman, Wis. Prairie du Chien, Wis. Winnebago County, Wis.
Kenosha County, Wis. Princeton, Wis. Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

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PEWAUKEE, Wis. – American Transmission Co. is requesting approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to build a new substation and connecting transmission lines in the Manitowoc County Town of Franklin. The facilities will support the reliable operation of the high-voltage transmission system that provides electric service to eastern Wisconsin.

If approved, construction would begin in August 2016 and the project would be placed into service in late 2018. The estimated cost of the project ranges from $41 million to $46 million, depending on routing and site selection.

The application and other documents to be used in the regulatory review can be found at the PSC’s website, Enter docket number 137-CE-176.

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Preparations underway for ATC power line construction Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:02:53 +0000 Holmes-Old Mead Road project set for Menominee, Delta counties

DE PERE, Wis. – Real estate and tree clearing activities are underway along the 58-mile corridor of American Transmission Co.’s 138,000-volt transmission line project in Menominee and Delta counties in Michigan.

“About 60 percent of the easements we need for the new transmission line have been acquired,” said Brett French, senior external relations manager for ATC. “A major milestone was achieved when we acquired the easement rights of about 20 miles of the corridor from the state of Michigan. This portion of the new line will be built in an abandoned railroad corridor and will be transformed into a recreational trail after the power line is built.”

Surveying, staking, and brush and tree clearing are underway in the corridor where ATC holds easement rights in preparation for the start of construction in January 2015. Contract crews from AECOM, Asplundh Tree Expert Co. and MJ Electric are performing the work. Activities in the corridor will be limited during the gun deer hunting season through Nov. 30.

The new line is needed to improve electric reliability in the area. The project was first announced as part of ATC’s Bay Lake Project in spring 2012. The new line will run between the Holmes Substation along the Menominee River and the Old Mead Road Substation near the New Page mill in Escanaba. The project was approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission in January 2014.

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ATC wraps up electric work in Milwaukee’s Zoo Interchange Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:54:35 +0000 Transmission line and substation work completed two months ahead of schedule

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – American Transmission Co. has completed its work in the Zoo Interchange to relocate and erect new electric transmission infrastructure to accommodate the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s interchange expansion plans.

ATC began the transmission line portion of the project in June 2013 to relocate seven overhead 138-kilovolt transmission lines and erect 59 single pole structures to replace 58 lattice towers. Just over 11 miles of new wire were strung from south of Greenfield Avenue along the east side of USH 45/I-894 in West Allis, north to the Zoo Interchange and then west along I-94 to ATC’s Bluemound Substation.

The project also involved modifications at two nearby substations and expansion of the 96th Street Substation, which supports both the new lines for the Zoo Interchange project and ATC’s Western Milwaukee County Electric Reliability Project, which is slated to be complete in spring 2015.

“Residents and commuters were able to watch the transformation over the past year and a half while we removed the old structures, installed the new poles and strung wire across six lanes of traffic – all while the interchange was kept open to motorists,” said Barbara Mikolajczyk, ATC major project manager. “We were able to complete our work more than two months ahead of schedule because there was great communication and collaboration among the DOT and the multiple utilities involved.”

ATC’s restoration work may continue through spring 2015 – removing the former lattice towers and construction mats, and completing final grading of the area.

“Because ATC completed its portion of the project ahead of schedule, that helps our scheduling with other contractors this winter and next spring,” said DOT Construction Project Manager Mike Burns.

The cost of ATC’s Zoo Interchange project work totaled $50 million.

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ATC completes two grid projects in eastern Upper Peninsula Wed, 08 Oct 2014 15:19:20 +0000 High-voltage direct-current device, rebuilt lines improve reliability, operations

DE PERE, Wis. – American Transmission Co. has improved the reliability of the electrical grid in the Upper Peninsula with the completion of two projects in the St. Ignace, Michigan, area.

A new high voltage, direct-current flow control device and associated substation also were placed into commercial operation in late summer. The innovative device allows operators to better manage the flow of power into and out of the Upper Peninsula, strengthening local-area electric reliability. The project was built by ABB, an international power and technology group. The facilities are located in Moran Township, just north of U.S. Highway 2 west of St. Ignace. The project also was completed slightly under budget at a cost of $125 million.

“The HVDC device helped us avoid two near-certain outages since it began operation,” said Paul Roehr, director of operations for ATC. Previously, the transmission facilities in the eastern U.P. were tied to Lower Michigan, and the western U.P. facilities to northern Wisconsin. The U.P. facilities were separated at a substation near Engadine because the system could not support the flow of power across the width of the peninsula. The HVDC device now provides the support to connect the two regions.

“An unplanned outage on transmission facilities in northern Wisconsin almost surely would have caused customers in the U.P. to lose service, but the HVDC device provided system support, maintaining reliability by allowing a continuous flow of power,” Roehr said. “In one of those instances, some customers in northern Wisconsin also would have been affected.”

Two 69,000-volt transmission lines that were built in the 1930s between St. Ignace and Rudyard also have been upgraded in a construction project that began in late 2012. The new lines are built to 138,000-volt standards, but continue to be operated at 69-kV. They operate more efficiently, reducing energy losses on the system and lowering operating and maintenance costs. They also provide more flexibility in routing power in the area. The project was completed slightly under budget at a cost of $43 million.


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ATC to discuss proposed transmission line in Fond du Lac County Tue, 07 Oct 2014 16:14:01 +0000 Final open house regarding the project will be Oct. 21 at the Eden Community Center

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – An informational open house will provide an opportunity for area landowners and members of the public to comment on American Transmission Co.’s proposal for a new 138,000-volt transmission line to connect to a new We Energies substation. ATC and We Energies held the first round of open houses in April 2014, after announcing the Creekview Interconnection Project to the public.

ATC staff, along with representatives from We Energies, will be at the Eden Community Center, located at 104 Pine St. in Eden, Wis., between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, to discuss the project plans – including proposed route options for the transmission line and a substation location.

The proposed We Energies substation, located approximately one mile southeast of the Village of Eden along County Highway F, is needed to support the low-voltage electric distribution system and improve overall electric system reliability in the region. To connect this new substation to the regional transmission system, ATC would build a transmission line either to the west, which would be 6.5 miles in length, or to the north of the proposed substation site, which would be 9.3 miles in length.

ATC will file an application in early 2015 with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for permission to build the transmission line. If approved, the PSC will determine the route of the transmission line, and construction would begin in fall 2016. If the west route is approved, the in-service date is expected to be June 2017. If the north route is approved, the in-service date is expected to be June 2018.

Mary Carpenter, senior local relations representative for ATC, said, “Additional power is needed in the area to serve We Energies customers. With a total estimated cost of $23 million, this project will provide system redundancy and allow equipment and facilities to be taken out of service when repairs are needed.”

“We look to the public, particularly people who may be impacted, to participate in the process by providing comments and input,” said Carpenter. “This information helps us finalize the proposed routes in alignment with our routing and siting criteria – including impacts, costs, operation, maintenance and overall constructability.”

Note to editors: A map and additional information about the Creekview Interconnection Project is available at


 American Transmission Co. is a Wisconsin-based company that owns and operates the electric transmission system in portions of the Upper Midwest. Formed in 2001 as the nation’s first multi-state transmission-only utility, ATC has invested $3.2 billion to improve the adequacy and reliability of its infrastructure. ATC now is a $3.6 billion company with 9,530 miles of transmission lines and 530 substations. The company is a member of the MISO regional transmission organization, and provides nondiscriminatory service to all customers, supporting effective competition in energy markets without favoring any market participant. For more information, visit our website at

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