American Transmission Co. projects http://www.atc-projects.com 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. Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:06:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Crews to use helicopter for Badger Coulee Transmission Line Project http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/crews-to-use-helicopter-for-badger-coulee-transmission-line-project/ Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:49:47 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=5549 Work will include pulling wires between poles 

MADISON, Wis. – A helicopter will be used beginning this week to assist Badger Coulee Project construction crews with work along Interstate 90 in Dane and Columbia counties.

Helicopter crews will begin pulling wires along the line this week. The route generally follows Interstate 90 in this area. Helicopters will be used intermittently along the route. Crews also will conduct additional aerial work along Highway 78 on a lower voltage transmission line during this time. Work is expected to take a day or two for each location and could include weekday or weekend flight times. The flight schedule will vary and is subject to change based on weather.

“People in the area can expect to see a helicopter flying approximately 100 feet above the ground along the line,” said Charles Gonzales, American Transmission Co. senior local relations representative.

The helicopter work along Interstate 90 and Highway 78 will require intermittent traffic stops during off-peak hours. ATC is coordinating with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement to manage work that may impact travelers in these areas. Use of helicopters will decrease construction time and minimize environmental impacts to the area.

Note to media: For safety reasons, viewing from road and highway shoulders is prohibited. This will be strictly enforced by law enforcement personnel. Project maps are available at www.badgercoulee.com.

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About American Transmission Co. 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 $3.8 billion to improve the adequacy and reliability of its infrastructure. ATC now has $4 billion in assets, including more than 9,540 miles of transmission lines and 545 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 www.atcllc.com.

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About Xcel Energy Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company is an industry leader in responsibly reducing carbon emissions and producing and delivering clean energy solutions from a variety of renewable sources at competitive prices. For more information, visit xcelenergy.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Illinois Commerce Commission approves ATC transmission line and substation http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/illinois-commerce-commission-approves-atc-transmission-line-and-substation/ Wed, 21 Dec 2016 17:30:22 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=5524 ATC to seek regulatory approval in Wisconsin

Pewaukee, Wis. – American Transmission Co. on Dec. 20 received approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission for the southern portion of the Wisconsin-Illinois Electric Reliability Project.

The ICC approved ATC’s preferred route of the project and substation, with components that include constructing a double-circuit, 345,000-volt transmission line to connect to an existing line in southern Pleasant Prairie, Wis., and connecting that line to the ComEd transmission system in Illinois through a new substation on the north side of Rosecrans Road (Hwy. 173) in the Village of Wadsworth.

The approximate 3-mile transmission line addresses the potential risk of cascading outages under certain operating conditions, and also would accommodate the increasing power flows occurring from Wisconsin to Illinois.

ATC also is required to file an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for the northern portion of the proposed transmission line. That filing is anticipated to be made in January 2017.

“Approval from the ICC on this project is a major step forward in providing a reliable, alternative power path in this region,” said Barbara Mikolajczyk, ATC project manager. “We will soon present our project to Wisconsin regulators and look forward to a similar decision from the PSC.”

The project is estimated to cost approximately $55 million. If approved, construction could begin as early as spring 2020 to meet a proposed in-service date later that same year. Additional information can be found on the ICC’s website and on the PSCW’s website.

A map of the project can be found here and additional information about ATC and our projects can be found at atc-projects.com.

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ATC to host open house for Riverside Transmission Line Project http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/atc-to-host-open-house-for-riverside-transmission-line-project/ Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:32:06 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=5507 Proposed line would connect expanded Riverside Energy Center to electric grid

Madison, Wis. – American Transmission Co. is beginning public outreach for the proposed 345,000-volt Riverside Transmission Line Project with the first in a series of informational open houses for residents and other stakeholders in the area. Project plans include an approximately 4.5- to 6-mile, double-circuit transmission line from a planned new substation near the Alliant Energy Riverside Energy Center in the Town of Beloit to an existing 345-kV transmission line in the Town of Beloit or Town of Rock.

The project is needed to connect the expanded Riverside Energy Center to the electric transmission grid. The expanded Riverside Energy Center will include a natural gas-fueled generating station with an integrated solar installation.

“We have identified a number of preliminary corridors for the project,” said Charles Gonzales, ATC senior local relations representative. “This open house will provide property owners, local officials and other stakeholders in the area an opportunity to review project maps, ask questions and provide input on the project.”

The open house date, time and location are listed below. Members of the project team will be on hand to answer questions and share information. There will not be a formal presentation.

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 4 to 7 p.m.
Boundaries Bar & Grill, Birch Room Banquet Hall, 3807 S. Riverside Drive, Beloit

Following the open house, public input will be used to narrow the preliminary corridors to proposed routes, which will be presented at an open house in spring 2017. A formal application to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin will be filed in 2017 for authorization to construct the line. If the project is approved by the PSC, construction is expected to begin in 2018 to meet an in-service date of 2019.

A project map and up-to-date information are available at www.atc-projects.com.

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PSC approves project to rebuild transmission line in Boscobel, Lone Rock areas http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/psc-approves-project-to-rebuild-transmission-line-in-boscobel-lone-rock-areas/ Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:52:20 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=5460 Work will improve aging infrastructure, enhance local electric reliability

MADISON, WIS. – American Transmission Co. today received approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to rebuild and reroute portions of an approximately 28-mile, 69,000-volt transmission line from Boscobel to Lone Rock, Wisconsin.

The project will involve:

  • Rebuilding approximately 25 miles of a 27.6-mile line between the Boscobel and Lone Rock substations,
  • Replacing poles and communications fiber in select areas of the remaining 2.6 miles of line; and
  • Rerouting two segments of the line (approximately 9 miles) due to existing access and maintenance concerns and environmental sensitivities.

Existing wood structures will be replaced with weathering steel structures. The line will consist of primarily single-pole structures ranging in height from 60 to 95 feet. A small portion of the line near the Wisconsin River will include H-frame structures.

“The current line was built in the 1950s and is in poor condition,” said Jon Callaway, ATC senior local relations representative. “Rebuilding the line and replacing poles will help ensure electric reliability in the area. Additionally, rerouting two segments of the line will improve access for maintenance and reduce environmental impacts.”

Construction of the approximately $32 million project is expected to start in summer 2017 with an anticipated in-service date of December 2019.

Additional project details are available on the PSC website under Docket No. 137-CE-181.

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American Transmission Co. files application with Illinois Commerce Commission for new transmission line and substation http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/american-transmission-co-files-application-with-illinois-commerce-commission-for-new-transmission-line-and-substation/ Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:12:13 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=5408 Project will provide electric reliability to southeast Wisconsin and northeast Illinois

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – American Transmission Co. today filed an application with the Illinois Commerce Commission seeking approval for the Wisconsin-Illinois Electric Reliability Project.

Components of this project include: constructing a double-circuit, 345,000-volt transmission line to connect to an existing line in southern Pleasant Prairie, Wis., and connecting that line to the ComEd transmission system in Illinois through a proposed substation on the north side of Rosecrans Road (Hwy. 173) in the Village of Wadsworth.

The 3- to 5-mile transmission line would provide a reliable, alternative power path to address the potential risk of cascading outages under certain operating conditions, and also would accommodate the increasing power flows occurring from Wisconsin to Illinois.

“The ICC will conduct a comprehensive review of ATC’s application for the transmission line and substation, including the two proposed route options,” said Barbara Mikolajczyk, ATC project manager. “The regulatory review process in Illinois also includes technical and public hearings anticipated in early 2017, with a final decision expected in spring 2017. The ICC will notify local residents and businesses of the dates and times of the hearings, which provide the public an opportunity to make their concerns known to the decision makers.”

ATC also is required to file an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for the northern portion of the proposed transmission line. That filing is anticipated to occur in November 2016.

The project is estimated to cost $55 million to $66 million. If approved, construction would begin in spring 2020 to meet an in-service date later that same year. Additional information, including the application, can be found on the ICC’s website.

Note to editors: A map of the project can be found here and additional information about ATC and our projects can be found at: atc-projects.com.

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Crews to use light-duty helicopter for Badger Coulee Project http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/crews-to-use-light-duty-helicopter-for-badger-coulee-project/ Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:57:35 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=5405 Work slated to begin this week from Town of Middleton to Town of Vienna

MADISON, Wis. – A helicopter will be used beginning this week to assist construction crews with work along Segment 1 of the Badger Coulee Project.

Helicopter crews will begin pulling wires along the line beginning this week. The route generally follows the existing 138,000-volt line in this area.

“Residents can expect to see a light-duty helicopter flying approximately 100 feet above the ground along the line,” said Charles Gonzales, ATC senior local relations representative.

Use of helicopters will decrease construction time and minimize environmental impacts to the area. The flight schedule will vary and is subject to change based on weather.

Construction activities on this segment began earlier this year and are expected to conclude in spring 2017. Right-of-way restoration work in this area is scheduled to be completed in summer 2017.

Note to editors: A map of Construction Segment 1 can be found here.

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ATC, Xcel Energy to host pre-construction open house for Segment 3 of Badger Coulee Project http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/atc-xcel-energy-to-host-pre-construction-open-house-for-segment-3-of-badger-coulee-project/ Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:40:15 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=5387 Construction work set to begin this summer for area from Town of Caledonia to Wisconsin Dells

MADISON, Wis. – American Transmission Co. and Xcel Energy are continuing a multi-year public outreach process for the 180-mile, 345-kilovolt Badger Coulee Project with a pre-construction open house on July 21 in Lake Delton.

“Landowners who may be affected by construction and members of the public are welcome to attend this pre-construction open house,” said Charles Gonzales, ATC senior local relations representative. “This event will provide an opportunity for people to learn what to expect in terms of equipment, timing and appearance of the line,” said Gonzales.

The public is invited to attend the July 21 pre-construction open house from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Kay C. Mackesey Administration Building-Village of Lake Delton, 50 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy South, Lake Delton. There will not be a formal presentation. Construction activities, including right-of-way clearing, placing protective mats and installing foundations, are scheduled to begin this summer.

After more than five years of public involvement and regulatory review, ATC and Xcel Energy received approval in April 2015 from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to construct the $580 million project from north of La Crosse to northern Dane County. The project will address electric system reliability issues locally and in the Midwest, provide economic savings and support renewable energy policy. Work will generally be conducted from east to west with a planned in-service date of 2018.

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Note to editors: A project map and additional information is available at www.BadgerCoulee.com.

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ATC, ITC, Dairyland Power announce May public open houses for Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line Project http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/atc-itc-dairyland-power-announce-may-public-open-houses-for-cardinal-hickory-creek-transmission-line-project/ Mon, 25 Apr 2016 21:54:32 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=5337 New transmission line will provide reliability, economic and public policy benefits

MADISON, WIS. ─ American Transmission Co., ITC Midwest LLC and Dairyland Power Cooperative will host open houses next month to update the public on plans for a new electric transmission line that would connect Dane County, Wisconsin, and Dubuque County, Iowa.

The Cardinal-Hickory Creek Project would connect ATC’s Cardinal Substation in the Town of Middleton, Wisconsin, with ITC’s Hickory Creek Substation in Dubuque County, Iowa. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc., the regional electric transmission organization, approved the need for the approximately 125-mile, 345,000-volt project as part of a portfolio of 17 transmission line projects that were identified as Multi-Value Projects. These projects are expected to deliver multiple benefits to electric consumers across the Midwest by improving electric system reliability, providing economic benefits to utilities and electric consumers, and expanding electric infrastructure to support public policy for greater use of renewable energy.

“Investing in a robust transmission system is necessary for regional reliability and to support lower and stable energy prices by reducing congestion,” said Ben Porath, Dairyland vice president, power delivery. “Cardinal-Hickory Creek will also support renewable energy policy. As Dairyland continues to diversify its generation portfolio with more renewable resources, the ability to access and transport renewable energy in the region will only grow in importance.”

Next month’s open houses follow those held in October 2014 to introduce the project in Wisconsin. Since that time, the companies have worked to identify preliminary corridors for routing the line. The companies will share those corridors at next month’s open houses.

“Landowners and local officials have an important role to play in this process,” said Angela Jordan, ITC area manager for local government and community affairs. “These open houses are part of our ongoing process of communication and dialogue with local landowners, citizens and other stakeholders about this important project.”

Dates and locations for the open houses are listed below. Open houses are scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. at each location. Attendees are encouraged to come at any time to speak with subject matter experts and learn more about the project; there will be no formal presentation.

Monday, May 16 –

Peosta Community Center
7896 Burds Road
Peosta, IA 52068

Tuesday, May 17 –

Pioneer Lanes
1185 US (Business) 151
Platteville, WI 53818

Wednesday, May 18 –

Deer Valley Lodge
401 West Industrial Drive
Barneveld, WI 53507

Thursday, May 19 –

Deer Valley Lodge
401 West Industrial Drive
Barneveld, WI 53507

“We understand people have questions about the project and our plans, and these open houses will be a good way for the public to get updates and offer their perspectives,” said Jon Callaway, ATC senior local relations representative. “We look forward to meeting with the public and talking about their involvement in the routing and regulatory processes.”

The project will require state regulatory approvals from Wisconsin and Iowa agencies as well as federal approvals from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army Corps of Engineers. The utilities anticipate filing applications with state regulatory agencies in 2018 and 2019. Based on the regulatory process and involvement of multiple local, state and federal regulatory agencies, the companies are anticipating that the project would be in service in 2023.

For more information, including a project map, visit www.cardinal-hickorycreek.com.

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Media contacts:

American Transmission Co.: Kaya Freiman, 877-506-6117, kfreiman@atcllc.com
ITC Midwest: Tom Petersen, 319-297-6793, tpetersen@itctransco.com
Dairyland Power Cooperative:: Deb Mirasola, 608-787-1378, deb.mirasola@dairylandpower.com or Katie Thomson, 608-787-1323, katie.thomson@dairylandpower.com

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 $3.8 billion to improve the adequacy and reliability of its infrastructure. ATC now is a $4 billion company with 9,540 miles of transmission lines and 545 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 www.atcllc.com.

About ITC Midwest

ITC Midwest LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. Through its regulated subsidiaries, ITC owns and operates high-voltage transmission lines in seven states, serving a combined peak load exceeding 26,000 megawatts along 15,000 circuit miles of transmission line. ITC Midwest operates more than 6,600 circuit miles of transmission lines in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Missouri, and holds utility status in Wisconsin. ITC Midwest maintains regional offices in Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Iowa City and Perry, Iowa; and Albert Lea and Lakefield, Minnesota. ITC’s focus on transmission and grid development drives operational excellence and delivers superior value for customers, communities and other stakeholders. For more information, please visit www.itctransco.com.

About Dairyland Power

Dairyland Power Cooperative, with headquarters in La Crosse, Wis., provides wholesale electricity to 25 member distribution cooperatives and 17 municipal utilities. A Touchstone Energy Cooperative, Dairyland’s service area encompasses 62 counties in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois. For more information, please visit www.dairylandpower.com.

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Pre-construction open house set for Segment 2 of Badger Coulee Project http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/pre-construction-open-house-set-for-segment-2-of-badger-coulee-project/ Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:58:12 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=5317 Construction work scheduled to begin in August for area from Town of Vienna to Town of Caledonia

MADISON, Wis. – American Transmission Co. and Xcel Energy are continuing a multi-year public outreach process for the 180-mile, 345-kilovolt Badger Coulee Project with a pre-construction open house on April 20 in Lodi.

“Landowners who may be affected by construction and members of the public are welcome to attend this pre-construction open house,” said Charles Gonzales, ATC senior local relations representative. “This event will provide an opportunity for people to learn what to expect in terms of equipment, timing and appearance of the line,” said Gonzales.

The public is invited to attend the April 20 pre-construction open house from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Quality Inn & Suites, W9250 Prospect Drive, Lodi. There will not be a formal presentation. Construction activities, including placing protective mats and installing foundations, are scheduled to begin this summer.

After more than five years of public involvement and regulatory review, ATC and Xcel Energy received approval in April 2015 from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to construct the $580 million project from north of La Crosse to northern Dane County. The project will address electric system reliability issues locally and in the Midwest, provide economic savings and support renewable energy policy. Work will generally be conducted from east to west with a planned in-service date of 2018.

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Note to editors: A project map and additional information about this project is available at www.BadgerCoulee.com.

 

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American Transmission Co. announces second open house for Wisconsin-Illinois Reliability Project http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/american-transmission-co-announces-second-open-house-for-wisconsin-illinois-reliability-project/ Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:11:19 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=5310 Residents can provide input on the project’s revised routes prior to the regulatory filing

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – American Transmission Co. is hosting its final open house for the proposed Wisconsin-Illinois Reliability Project from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 28. The open house, which will take place at ThunderHawk Golf Club, 39700 North Lewis Ave., Beach Park, Ill., gives local residents and other stakeholders the opportunity to learn about the proposed routes and substation, and to provide feedback about the project. Components of the project include: constructing a double-circuit 345-kilovolt transmission line to connect to an existing line near Pleasant Prairie, Wis., and connecting that line to the ComEd transmission system through a proposed substation site on the north side of Rosecrans Road (Hwy. 173) in the Village of Wadsworth, Ill.

“Input from residents at our first open house on March 16 allowed us to further evaluate the preliminary routes and narrow them to two route options,” said Mary Carpenter, ATC local relations representative. “From this feedback, the project team believes we’ve developed the options that best meet our routing and siting criteria based on impacts, costs, constructability, operation and maintenance.”

The Wisconsin-Illinois Reliability Project addresses an electric reliability issue that occurs when there are high power flows on the transmission system from Wisconsin into Illinois. The transmission line could range from three to five miles and will provide a reliable, alternative power path to address emergency conditions and accommodate increased power flows. The transmission line and proposed substation is estimated to cost between $52 million to $63 million.

Regulatory applications for this project will be submitted to the Illinois Commerce Commission in mid-2016 and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in fall 2016. A decision from the each of the regulatory agencies is expected in early 2017 and fall 2017, respectively.

More information about this project can be found at www.atc-projects.com.

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