American Transmission Co. is seeking approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for new electric transmission line infrastructure to support the Foxconn development. The electric modifications include:
- Construct the new Mount Pleasant Substation south of Braun Road along the east side of County Trunk Highway H and Braun Road to provide electrical service for the Foxconn campus.
- Electrically connect the existing 345,000-volt transmission lines near the development site and construct two sets of double-circuit transmission lines (four circuits) along a 1.2-mile corridor to connect to the new substation.
- Add a second 345-kV transmission circuit to an existing 12-mile transmission line between Racine and Pleasant Prairie.
- Perform modifications at the Racine and Elm Road substations, and at the Pleasant Prairie switchyard.
- Connect the Mount Pleasant Substation to the Foxconn-owned substation with an underground 138-kV transmission line.
Need for the project
When the state of Wisconsin developed a contractual agreement with Foxconn in fall 2017, the commitment also led to the need for additional infrastructure to support the 20-million square foot campus. The planned Foxconn manufacturing campus will be the largest manufacturing facility in the country.
With an initial electric load estimate of 230 megawatts, Foxconn is expected to use up to six times more electricity than the next largest manufacturing facility in Wisconsin. The expected electric usage by the planned Foxconn manufacturing facility will require ATC to strengthen the high-voltage electric system in the area by adding a 345-kV transmission line and the new Mount Pleasant Substation.
ATC will submit an application to the PSC in February 2018. If the PSC approves the project in the third quarter of 2018, construction would begin in late 2018 on the substation and in early 2019 for the transmission lines. All electrical infrastructure has an expected in-service date of late 2019 or early 2020.
The estimated cost of this transmission line and substations project is $140 million. Over the lifespan of the project, the cost is disseminated through electric rates to the five million customers located in ATC’s service area.
|Submit application to the PSC||February 2018|
|Technical and public hearings||Spring 2018|
|Anticipated PSC project approval||Fall 2018|
|Project in service||Late 2019 or early 2020|