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. Fri, 01 May 2015 19:22:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 PSC gives verbal approval to ATC transmission line project http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/psc-gives-verbal-approval-to-atc-transmission-line-project/ http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/psc-gives-verbal-approval-to-atc-transmission-line-project/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 19:02:05 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=4832 North Appleton-Morgan includes 345,000- and 138,000-volt lines, substation work

MADISON, Wis. – The three commissioners of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin gave verbal approval to an electric reliability project in northeastern Wisconsin today. At an open meeting, the commissioners agreed on the need for the North Appleton-Morgan Transmission Line Project and approved a route through 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.”

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 40 to 48 miles depending on route),
  • 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 for nearly two years to develop route alternatives for the new transmission lines. Single-circuit, self-supporting steel monopole structures would be used in most locations. The typical height of the structures would be 85 feet on the 138-kV line and 120 feet on the 345-kV line.

Preliminary estimated cost of the project is $307 to $327 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 next month.

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

Note to editors: A high-level map of the project’s route, along with other information, is available at www.BayLakeProject.com

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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ATC files application with Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for new southeast Wisconsin transmission line http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/atc-files-application-with-public-service-commission-of-wisconsin-for-new-southeast-wisconsin-transmission-line/ http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/atc-files-application-with-public-service-commission-of-wisconsin-for-new-southeast-wisconsin-transmission-line/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:04:51 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=4821 Project will strengthen the electric system in southern Walworth and western Kenosha counties

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – Following more than two years of public outreach with local residents, American Transmission Co. today filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin seeking approval for the Spring Valley-North Lake Geneva Transmission Line Project.

The project includes the construction of a new 138,000-volt transmission line from the North Lake Geneva Substation in southern Walworth County to the Spring Valley Substation in western Kenosha County. ATC’s preferred route is approximately 25 miles and runs primarily along Highway 50. This option also includes construction of a new substation, called Balsam Substation, on an ATC-owned parcel along Highway 50 in the Town of Wheatland. A new 69-kV transmission line along County Highway O would connect the new substation to the existing Twin Lakes Substation in Twin Lakes. The alternate route is longer at approximately 34 miles and it follows a more southerly route from the North Lake Geneva Substation through Bloomfield and Twin Lakes, veering north along County Highway O, then west along County Highway K before tracking south to connect with the Spring Valley Substation.

“Additional electricity is needed in this area to ensure electric system reliability, especially since the population in the region is increasing,” said Doug Berton, ATC project manager. “In addition, when other lines in the region need to be taken out of service for maintenance, or there is an unplanned outage, this project would provide redundancy to help ensure that the lights stay on.”

The PSC will conduct a comprehensive review of ATC’s application, including the two proposed route options. The PSC’s regulatory review process includes conducting technical and public hearings that likely will be held in fall 2015, with a final decision expected in 2016. The PSC 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.

The project is estimated to cost $71 million to $91 million. If the project is approved, construction would begin in 2017 to meet an in-service date of 2019. Additional information, including a copy of the application, can be found on the PSC’s website under Docket No. 137-CE-167.

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

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PSC approves order for Badger Coulee Transmission Line Project http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/psc-approves-order-for-badger-coulee-transmission-line-project/ http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/psc-approves-order-for-badger-coulee-transmission-line-project/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:57:36 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=4812 American Transmission Co.
Jackie Olson
jolson@atcllc.com
877.506.6117

Xcel Energy
Tim Carlsgaard
612.330.7697

Real estate acquisition work to begin in May

MADISON, Wis. – The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin today approved the formal order outlining the requirements that must be met in the construction of the 345,000-volt Badger Coulee Transmission Line. Project partners American Transmission Co. and Xcel Energy will begin contacting landowners along the approximately 180-mile line in May to begin the real estate acquisition process. The project, which will electrically connect the La Crosse area to northern Dane County, will help ensure electric reliability for communities throughout western Wisconsin and improve access to lower-cost power and renewable energy.

While construction is not set to begin until spring 2016, negotiations with landowners will begin next month to acquire easements along the route. Negotiations, along with construction, will be sequenced over eight segments, working from south to north.

“Landowners who live along the route in Dane, Columbia and a portion of northeastern Sauk County soon will receive information about easement negotiations as well as their rights under Wisconsin law,” said ATC Real Estate Manager Sarah Justus. “Negotiations are very important to resolving landowner questions and concerns specific to individual properties.”

“We look forward to continuing our discussion with landowners,” said Xcel Siting and Land Rights Manager Sarah Schwartz. “Public input was critical in identifying a route, which resulted in a line that will use existing utility and highway corridors for more than 90 percent of the approved route.”

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.

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. The project is expected to be placed in service in 2018.

Note to editors:
A map of the approved route and additional project information are available at www.BadgerCoulee.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 $3.5 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 www.atcllc.com.

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 www.xcelenergy.com.

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Monroe County-Council Creek transmission line project is in service http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/monroe-county-council-creek-transmission-line-project-is-in-service/ http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/monroe-county-council-creek-transmission-line-project-is-in-service/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:22:30 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=4800 Project improves electric reliability in western Wisconsin communities

MADISON, Wis. – American Transmission Co. on Monday placed into service a transmission line project that will strengthen electric reliability and improve access to lower cost energy in the region. The project involved building a new substation in Tomah, upgrading an approximately 17-mile, 69,000-volt electric transmission line from the Monroe County Substation in Sparta to the Council Creek Substation in Tomah and adding a 161-kV circuit to the line.

“This project is certainly a team effort, and a big thanks goes out to the other four utilities involved – Xcel Energy, Alliant Energy, Oakdale Electric Cooperative and Dairyland Power Cooperative – whose high level of coordination and flexibility helped make it a success,” said Andy Schaeve, ATC project manager. “I also would like to thank the construction crews who worked more than 80,000 hours on this project over a span of 18 months with no lost-time injuries.”

ATC filed an application to construct the project with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in July 2010, and received approval in November 2012. The project is projected to come within the PSC-approved budget of approximately $49 million.

Note to editors: A map and additional project information is available at atc-projects.com.

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ATC seeks approval to rebuild 14-mile, 138-kV transmission line http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/atc-seeks-approval-to-rebuild-14-mile-138-kv-transmission-line/ http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/atc-seeks-approval-to-rebuild-14-mile-138-kv-transmission-line/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 19:45:09 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=4786 Project needed to replace aging lines, strengthen area reliability

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – American Transmission Co. today filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to rebuild an existing 14-mile, 138,000-volt transmission line in southeastern Wisconsin. The proposed 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, which are approximately 90 years old, will be replaced with steel single-pole structures; and the wires also will be replaced,” said Mary Carpenter, senior local relations representative for ATC. “The new poles will be placed within a few feet of the existing structures, and no new right-of-way is anticipated for the project.”

Regulatory approval of this project is expected in fall 2015 with construction beginning in 2017 to meet an in-service date of 2018.

Note to editors: Additional details are available on the PSC’s website under Docket No. 137-CE-180. A map of the proposed project and additional information can found at www.atc-projects.com.

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ATC project to improve electric reliability for Green Lake, Fond du Lac counties http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/atc-project-to-improve-electric-reliability-for-green-lake-fond-du-lac-counties/ http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/atc-project-to-improve-electric-reliability-for-green-lake-fond-du-lac-counties/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 19:35:13 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=4777 PSC approves 69,000-volt transmission line in area

MADISON, Wis. – American Transmission Co. has received approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to build a new 7-mile, 69,000-volt transmission line from the Fairwater Substation in Fairwater to the Mackford Prairie Substation in the Town of Mackford.

Additionally, 18 miles of 69-kV line from Ripon to County Road H north of Markesan will be retired. The project also will involve stringing new wires and replacing aging transmission poles with new steel poles on approximately 6 miles of 69-kV transmission lines in the area.

“The line was built in the 1950s and needs improvements to ensure electric reliability in the area,” said Jon Callaway, ATC local relations representative.

Construction is planned to begin in March 2016 to meet an in-service date of Sept. 2017. The estimated cost of the project is $24 million.

Additional details are available on the PSC website, psc.wi.gov, under Docket No. 137-CE-175.

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PSC signals approval for Badger Coulee Transmission Line Project http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/psc-signals-approval-for-badger-coulee-transmission-line-project/ http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/psc-signals-approval-for-badger-coulee-transmission-line-project/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:46:01 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=4741 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.

Note to editors:

A map of the proposed route options and additional project information are available at www.BadgerCoulee.com.

ATC and Xcel Energy’s application and documents associated with the regulatory review process are available at http://www.psc.wi.gov/ 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 www.atcllc.com.

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 www.xcelenergy.com.

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Paris-Albers transmission line placed into service http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/paris-albers-transmission-line-placed-into-service/ http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/paris-albers-transmission-line-placed-into-service/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 19:13:42 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=4726 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 atc-projects.com.

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New electrical facilities approved for Brillion Iron Works http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/new-electrical-facilities-approved-for-brillion-iron-works/ http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/new-electrical-facilities-approved-for-brillion-iron-works/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:26:47 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=4693 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 http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/final-route-options-for-power-line-project-to-be-presented-at-atc-public-open-house/ http://www.atc-projects.com/news-releases/final-route-options-for-power-line-project-to-be-presented-at-atc-public-open-house/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:10:35 +0000 http://www.atc-projects.com/?p=4590 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 www.atc-projects.com.

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