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ATC Milton power line completed and in service

Line provides power to new Rock Energy Cooperative substation

MADISON, Wis. – American Transmission Co. on Friday completed construction and placed in service a new four-mile, 69-kilovolt electric transmission line serving the Milton area. The line brings power to the new Rock Energy Cooperative substation built near the Milton Crossroads Business Park.

The line connects REC’s new Red Hawk Substation located near Milton Harmony Townline Road and County Highway M to the transmission grid that serves the area. “The new transmission line and substation will serve a growing need for reliable electric service in the region and will support continued growth of the Milton industrial park,” said Denny Schultz, director of utility operations at REC.

ATC and REC introduced the project and preliminary route corridors to the public in August 2009, identified the final route in January 2010, and began construction in August 2010. In total, contractors completed roughly 4,600 hours of injury-free work, and completed the project five days ahead of schedule. The final project cost was approximately $4 million, which is about $200,000 under budget.

“We appreciate the participation and cooperation of landowners, businesses and public officials in the area during the entire process,” says Jon Callaway, local relations representative for ATC. “We will continue to work with landowners and keep them informed of our activities as we complete restoration of the right-of-way this winter and next spring, and as we manage the vegetation along the line in the coming years.”

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ATC is a Wisconsin-based company that moves energy along the regional electric grid in parts of Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois, serving more than 5 million electric consumers. We are experts at what we do: planning, maintaining, operating and protecting the grid. As the electric industry moves toward renewable generation sources, we are transforming our system to continue delivering energy reliably and safely. We proudly support STEM education programs that empower youth with the skills needed to succeed in tomorrow’s energy workforce. For more information, visit and follow us on LinkedIn and X (Twitter).