The North Madison-Waunakee Transmission System Upgrade was approved by the Public Service Commission in July 2007, construction began in spring 2008, and the line was completed and placed in service in April 2009. This project is a critical reinforcement to the electric system, which includes construction of a new 138-kilovolt transmission line from the North Madison Substation, located in the Town of Vienna, to the Huiskamp Substation, located in the Town of Westport.
Dane County in recent years has experienced some of the highest growth rates in the state, both in population and electricity usage.Portions of Middleton, Dane, Waunakee, Vienna, Westport and the northeast side of Madison are supported by a network of 69-kilovolt transmission lines that are used to near-maximum capacity during the peak summer season. The existing transmission line through Waunakee was built in 1919 and is operating at the limits of its capabilities. Without the addition of the new line, the existing lines were projected to be overloaded in summer 2009, resulting in increased vulnerability to outages for communities across northern Dane County. There also is only limited opportunity to take these lines out of service for maintenance, which further compromises reliability and increases operating costs. To maintain reliable electric service, new transmission facilities are needed.Project at a Glance
|Communities affected:||Vienna, Waunakee, Westport; project benefits Dane, Middleton, Wauankee, Westport and Madison's northeast side.|
|Line length:||Approximately 9 miles|
|End points:||North Madison Substation (town of Vienna) to Huiskamp Substation in the Town of Westport.|
|Receive PSC decision:||July 2007|
|Began construction:||Spring 2008|
|In-service date:||April 2009|