Procario to retire in July; Rowe promoted from chief operating officer
PEWAUKEE, Wis. – Mike Rowe, executive vice president and chief operating officer of American Transmission Co., will become the company’s president and chief executive officer, effective May 1, 2015. Current President, CEO and Chairman John Procario has led ATC since 2009, and announced last year his plans to retire. To ensure a smooth transition, Procario will serve as executive chairman until his retirement on July 31; and he will continue as chair of the ATC board through the end of 2015.
Rowe has been with ATC for more than eight years. He joined the company as vice president of Construction, and subsequently assumed responsibility for Asset Management, System Operations and Transmission Planning. In 2012, Rowe was promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer. He serves on the board of the Midwest Reliability Organization.
Previously Rowe served as director of Engineering & Asset Management for Kansas City Power & Light. Prior to that, Rowe spent 22 years with Commonwealth Edison in Chicago, where he was director of Project Management, responsible for its annual construction program focusing on infrastructure upgrades in Chicago and generating plant switchyards.
Rowe received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1982 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago in 1988.
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.
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.
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 http://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.
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.
Features best-in-class operations, community involvement, environmental stewardship
PEWAUKEE, Wis. – Innovation and excellence are the themes highlighted in American Transmission Co.’s 2014 annual report, available at the company’s website, www.atcllc.com, today.
The transmission-only electric utility earned a “best in class” performance rating for 100- to 161-kilovolt circuits in a longitudinal industry study and ranked in the top 10 percent for 345- to 500-kV circuits. Company investments in its construction program included an innovative project near St. Ignace, Mich., to better manage the flow of electricity between Upper and Lower Michigan. The flow-control device, one of only three such facilities in the country, began providing geographically widespread reliability benefits soon after it began commercial operation.
Also featured in the report are a number of environmental stewardship activities that “go above and beyond the lines,” including a study of bee habitat and behavior in transmission line corridors, projects to curb the spread of invasive species and the company’s Avian Protection Program.
Employees are at the heart of the company’s community relations; more than 100 employees participated in United Way Days of Caring activities around the state. ATC connects with communities in other ways, including sponsorships benefiting Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Junior Achievement, the Urban League and the YMCA. The company contributed $600,000 to more than 500 charitable and community programs in the area it serves.