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. Wed, 25 May 2016 15:35:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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/ http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/atc-itc-dairyland-power-announce-may-public-open-houses-for-cardinal-hickory-creek-transmission-line-project/#comments 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/ http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/pre-construction-open-house-set-for-segment-2-of-badger-coulee-project/#comments 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/ http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/american-transmission-co-announces-second-open-house-for-wisconsin-illinois-reliability-project/#comments 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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ATC to host pre-construction open house for Segment 1 of Badger Coulee Project http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/atc-to-host-pre-construction-open-house-for-segment-1-of-badger-coulee-project/ http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/atc-to-host-pre-construction-open-house-for-segment-1-of-badger-coulee-project/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2016 18:52:08 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=5294 Construction work set to begin in May for area from Town of Middleton to Town of Vienna

MADISON, Wis. – American Transmission Co. and Xcel Energy are continuing a multi-year public outreach process for the Badger Coulee Project with the first in a series of pre-construction open houses on April 14 in the Town of Springfield. Construction of the 180-mile, 345-kilovolt electric transmission line project from north of La Crosse to northern Dane County will begin in May.

“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. “The event will provide an opportunity for people to learn what to expect in terms of equipment, timing, vegetation management and appearance of facilities,” said Gonzales.

The public is invited to attend the April 14 pre-construction open house from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Town of Springfield Town Hall, 6157 County Highway P, Dane. There will not be a formal presentation.

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. 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 area map and additional information about this project is available at www.BadgerCoulee.com.

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PSC signals approval for 23-mile, 138,000-volt transmission line and new substation in southeast Wisconsin http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/psc-signals-approval-for-23-mile-138000-volt-transmission-line-and-new-substation-in-southeast-wisconsin/ http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/psc-signals-approval-for-23-mile-138000-volt-transmission-line-and-new-substation-in-southeast-wisconsin/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2016 20:44:48 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=5261 Spring Valley-North Lake Geneva Electric Reliability Project expected to be in-service summer 2019

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin today approved a new transmission line project between the Town of Salem and the City of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. At an open meeting, the commissioners confirmed the need for the Spring Valley-North Lake Geneva Electric Reliability Project and approved Proposed Route 1, the blue route, submitted by ATC in its application filed in April 2015.

“With input from the public, our project team evaluated more than 200 miles of route segments during the routing and siting process,” said Doug Berton, ATC project manager. “That thorough review led to a project and decision by the PSC that will provide a significant improvement in the electric reliability of the transmission system that serves the area and supports the economic growth that’s been increasing over the last several years.”

The project was announced in early 2013 and includes a new substation, called Balsam, located on the north side of County Highway 50 in the Town of Wheatland, and a new approximately 23-mile, 138,000-volt transmission line from the existing North Lake Geneva Substation in southern Walworth County to the existing Spring Valley Substation in western Kenosha County. An additional approximately 4-mile, 69-kV transmission line will be built to connect the new Balsam Substation to the existing Twin Lakes Substation in Twin Lakes.

“We will continue to work with landowners and communities as we move into the pre-construction phase of the project,” said Berton.

The project is estimated to cost $70.6 million. The PSC’s final order for the project is anticipated to be issued within the month. Construction is projected to begin in summer 2017, with an in-service date of summer 2019.

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ATC plans to rebuild line in Boscobel, Lone Rock area http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/atc-plans-to-rebuild-line-in-boscobel-lone-rock-area/ http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/atc-plans-to-rebuild-line-in-boscobel-lone-rock-area/#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2016 20:08:54 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=5250 Project will improve aging infrastructure, enhance local electric reliability

MADISON, WIS. – American Transmission Co. has filed an application with 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 the 27.6-mile segment 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.

“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.”

If the estimated $32 million project is approved, construction would start in June 2017 with an anticipated in-service date of December 2019.

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

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American Transmission Co. proposes electric reliability project for southeast Wisconsin and northeast Illinois http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/american-transmission-co-proposes-electric-reliability-project-for-southeast-wisconsin-and-northeast-illinois/ http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/american-transmission-co-proposes-electric-reliability-project-for-southeast-wisconsin-and-northeast-illinois/#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2016 16:24:28 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=5232 Residents can provide input on new power line and substation at March 16 public open house

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – American Transmission Co. is proposing a project to address an electric reliability issue that occurs when there are high power flows on the transmission system from Wisconsin into Illinois. The proposed Wisconsin-Illinois Reliability Project would provide a reliable, alternative power path to address emergency conditions and accommodate increased power flows. The project components 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 area on the north side of Rosecrans Road (Hwy. 173) in the village of Wadsworth, Ill.

ATC will host a public open house from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, at the Thunderhawk Golf Club, 39700 N. Lewis Ave., Beach Park, Ill. The open house gives local residents and other stakeholders the opportunity to learn about the proposed project and substation location, and to provide feedback about the project. This open house will be the first of three public open houses; subsequent meetings will be held in Illinois later this spring.

“The existing transmission lines between Wisconsin and Illinois are designed to transport a limited amount of power, but the amount of electricity moving between the two states has increased significantly in the last five years,” said Barbara Mikolajczyk, ATC major project manager. “When those lines become heavily loaded, there’s a substantial risk for widespread, cascading outages. This project would alleviate that risk by providing increased reliability for this area.”

The transmission line could range from three to five miles in length, and depending on the route selected is estimated to cost between $52 million to $63 million. Regulatory applications will be submitted to the Illinois Commerce Commission in mid-2016 and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in fall 2016. A decision from each of the regulatory agencies is expected in early 2017 and fall 2017, respectively.

More information including a project map can be found on the project web page.

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Helicopter to fly transmission line route Friday http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/helicopter-to-fly-transmission-line-route-friday-2/ http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/helicopter-to-fly-transmission-line-route-friday-2/#comments Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:14:10 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=5039 Line to be built in Outagamie, Brown, Shawano and Oconto counties

DE PERE, Wis. – A helicopter will be used to capture engineering design information and other data as American Transmission Co. continues to develop two new transmission lines to serve northeastern Wisconsin.

“We are making good progress in preparing for the start of construction on the North Appleton to Morgan project,” said Cliff Van Den Elzen, project manager for ATC. “Flying the route for the 138,000-volt and 345,000-volt lines will provide us with the information we need to safely and sensitively design the transmission facilities.”

The low-flying helicopter, piloted by Brainerd Helicopter Service, will take off about 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, from the North Appleton Substation in Outagamie County and fly the 45-mile route to the Morgan Substation in Oconto County. Flying the route is dependent on good weather.

The North Appleton-Morgan transmission lines are part of the Bay Lake Project, a collection of facilities designed to reinforce the electrical grid in northeastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The $327-million project was approved by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in May 2015. Construction will begin in 2016 to meet an anticipated in-service date of 2019.

More information about the project, including a map of the transmission line route, is available at atc-projects.com.

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PSC approves new transmission line project, issues order for rebuild project http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/psc-approves-new-transmission-line-project-issues-order-for-rebuild-project/ http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/psc-approves-new-transmission-line-project-issues-order-for-rebuild-project/#comments Fri, 16 Oct 2015 16:13:06 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=4995 Projects support local distribution networks and improve electric reliability

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin yesterday approved a new electric reliability transmission line project near the village of Eden. At an open meeting, the commissioners agreed on the need for the Creekview Interconnection Project and approved the north route proposed by ATC in its application filed earlier this year.

“This 138,000-volt transmission line will support the low-voltage distribution system in the region by connecting to a new We Energies substation,” said Barbara Mikolajczyk, ATC project manager.

The project was announced in spring 2014 and includes a new We Energies substation, called Creekview, located on the north side of County Highway F, east of Greenway Road, and a new, 9-mile, 138-kV transmission line to provide service to the new substation. The new transmission line will be co-located with an existing 345-kV line.

The estimated project cost is $25 million to $26 million; a more refined cost estimate will be included in the PSC’s final order for the project, which is anticipated to be issued within the month. Construction is projected to begin in fall 2016, with an in-service date of January 2018.

On Tuesday, the PSC issued an order to rebuild a 14-mile, 138-kV transmission line in southeastern Wisconsin. The St. Martins-Edgewood-Mukwonago Rebuild Project runs from the St. Martins Substation in Franklin to the Edgewood Substation in Big Bend, and continues on to the Mukwonago Substation in Mukwonago.

“The lattice tower structures on this line are approximately 90 years old and are at the end of their useful life,” said Andy Ehlert, ATC project manager. “Replacing the aging structures will help maintain the reliability of the area electric transmission system.”

One hundred fifty aging lattice structures will be replaced with 126 steel, single-pole structures, and the wires also will be replaced. No new right-of-way is needed for this project. Construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2017 to meet an in-service date of June 2018. The estimated cost of this project is $24.7 million.

Note to editors: A map of the projects’ routes, along with other information, is available at www.atc-projects.com.

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PSC issues order for ATC’s North Appleton-Morgan transmission line http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/psc-issues-order-for-atcs-north-appleton-morgan-transmission-line/ http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/psc-issues-order-for-atcs-north-appleton-morgan-transmission-line/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 16:23:33 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=4881 Project includes 345,000- and 138,000-volt lines, substation work

MADISON, Wis. – The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin issued the final order spelling out terms and conditions to be met in the construction of American Transmission Co.’s North Appleton-Morgan Transmission Line Project in Outagamie, Brown, Shawano and Oconto counties.

“The approval of the North Appleton–Morgan project by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin represents a major step forward in strengthening the electric transmission grid in northeastern Wisconsin,” said David Hovde, senior local relations representative for American Transmission Co. “We will continue to work with landowners and other interested parties as we move into the construction phase of the project.”

Landowners who live along the project route will be contacted by ATC real estate representatives beginning this summer in preparation for a summer 2016 construction start.

As part of ATC’s Bay Lake Project announced in 2012, North Appleton-Morgan includes:

  •  A new 345-kV line and a new 138-kV line between the North Appleton Substation on French Road in the Town of Freedom in Outagamie County and the Morgan Substation in Oconto County (about 45 miles),
  •  Expanded facilities at North Appleton and Morgan substations,
  •  A new Benson Lake Substation at the site of the Amberg Substation in Marinette County to accommodate a large voltage-control device and
  •  Additional work at 11 substations in northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

ATC met with landowners, local officials and other interested stakeholders over nearly two years to develop route alternatives for the new transmission lines. Single-circuit, self-supporting steel monopole structures will be used in most locations. The typical height of the structures will be 85 feet on the 138-kV line and 120 feet on the 345-kV line.

Estimated cost of the project is $327 million.

Plans for the project will follow this general timeline:

Property owner notifications                                       June 2015

Begin easement negotiations                                       Late 2015

Construction start                                                         July 2016

In-service date                                                              Second quarter 2019

The project application and other documents associated with the regulatory review process are available at www.psc.wi.gov under Docket No. 137-CE-166.

 

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