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PSC issues order for ATC’s North Appleton-Morgan transmission line

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

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.

 

Milwaukee County transmission line project now in service

Project improves electric reliability in western Milwaukee County

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – American Transmission Co. and We Energies Wednesday placed into service a transmission line project that will improve electric system reliability in western Milwaukee County. The project involved construction of two transmission lines and a new We Energies substation near Watertown Plank Road and 93rd Street, adjacent to the existing We Energies Milwaukee County power plant and substation. Approximately 90 percent of the transmission lines were constructed on municipal or public property, and a portion of the line is underground.

The new substation and transmission lines provide for the area’s growing electric needs and the critical nature of the Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma centers located within the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center complex. The medical center calls for a higher level of electric service reliability, one that includes a backup source for electricity in the event one of the two lines experiences an outage.

“Restoration activities will continue for the coming months, including seeding along the bike path and near the railroad tracks along Underwood Creek Parkway.” said William Aeschbacher, ATC project manager. “We also are working with a local group on prairie restoration in a 4-acre area along the Milwaukee County Oak Leaf Trail, including removing the invasive teasel plant, which has been thriving there for many years, and restoring the area with native prairie species.”

ATC filed an application to construct the project with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in February 2012, received approval in March 2013 and began construction later that year. The project is projected to come within the PSC-approved budget of approximately $23 million.

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

PSC gives verbal approval to ATC transmission line project

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

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.

American Transmission Co. names Mark Davis executive vice president and chief operating officer

Davis is successor to Mike Rowe, who was promoted to CEO

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – Mark Davis has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer of American Transmission Co. Effective May 1, Davis will report to newly appointed Chief Executive Officer and President Mike Rowe, who takes over for current CEO John Procario, who will serve as executive chairman until his retirement on July 31.

Davis will oversee System Planning, System Operations, Construction and Asset Management. He joined ATC in 2006 as director of Asset Management and was promoted to vice president in 2012. He has led the development and implementation of ATC’s Asset Management program that has helped the company earn top transmission reliability scores in a number of recent industry benchmarking studies. Davis joined ATC after a 20-year career with Indianapolis Power & Light Co., where he served in a variety of engineering and construction leadership roles. Davis serves as a leader in a number of industry organizations including the North American Transmission Forum, the Electric Power Research Institute, the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Davis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering technology from Purdue University.

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