ATC to seek regulatory approval in Wisconsin
Pewaukee, Wis. – American Transmission Co. on Dec. 20 received approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission for the southern portion of the Wisconsin-Illinois Electric Reliability Project.
The ICC approved ATC’s preferred route of the project and substation, with components that include constructing a double-circuit, 345,000-volt transmission line to connect to an existing line in southern Pleasant Prairie, Wis., and connecting that line to the ComEd transmission system in Illinois through a new substation on the north side of Rosecrans Road (Hwy. 173) in the Village of Wadsworth.
The approximate 3-mile transmission line addresses the potential risk of cascading outages under certain operating conditions, and also would accommodate the increasing power flows occurring from Wisconsin to Illinois.
ATC also is required to file an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for the northern portion of the proposed transmission line. That filing is anticipated to be made in January 2017.
“Approval from the ICC on this project is a major step forward in providing a reliable, alternative power path in this region,” said Barbara Mikolajczyk, ATC project manager. “We will soon present our project to Wisconsin regulators and look forward to a similar decision from the PSC.”
The project is estimated to cost approximately $55 million. If approved, construction could begin as early as spring 2020 to meet a proposed in-service date later that same year. Additional information can be found on the ICC’s website and on the PSCW’s website.
American Transmission Co. employees are embracing a new spin on the traditional Secret Santa gift-giving game as a way to help brighten the holidays for Wisconsin children.
Instead of buying gifts for each other, employees in the legal and environmental departments bought toys inspired by their coworkers for children in need.
Here’s how it worked: each employee drew the name of a colleague. Then, the givers bought toys that reminded them of their randomly selected coworkers.
After the “exchange,” all toys were donated to Toys for Tots.
“It was a great way to learn more about each other, while helping the children in our community who might otherwise be forgotten this holiday season,” said Danna Treutelaar, legal executive assistant.
Check out some of the photos from the gift “exchange” below:
We’re proud to help serve our communities – it’s part of ATC’s culture and commitment to do our part.
American Transmission Co. has teamed up with the Milwaukee Bucks this basketball season for an exciting new partnership to help green up local communities. Through a new program called Trees for Threes, the Bucks and ATC will sponsor the planting of a new tree in Wisconsin for every 3-pointer the Bucks make at home this season.
This unique initiative pairs the Bucks’ success with a greener environment but ultimately, it will be Wisconsin communities that score. The Bucks and ATC will identify Wisconsin schools and community partners to participate in tree plantings following the season, and Bucks and ATC representatives will join students in the planting events. The Trees for Threes initiative aligns with ATC’s Grow Smart program, which helps property owners and communities identify low-growing, compatible vegetation that can be planted the smart way – a safe distance from transmission line rights-of-way.
Last season the Bucks hit 220 3-pointers at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, and the team is on pace to far surpass that mark this year. Stay tuned for information on how your local school can apply to be a part of Trees for Threes. For a running tally of how many 3-pointers the Bucks have hit this season follow us on Twitter or visit www.bucks.com/trees.
Proposed line would connect expanded Riverside Energy Center to electric grid
Madison, Wis. – American Transmission Co. is beginning public outreach for the proposed 345,000-volt Riverside Transmission Line Project with the first in a series of informational open houses for residents and other stakeholders in the area. Project plans include an approximately 4.5- to 6-mile, double-circuit transmission line from a planned new substation near the Alliant Energy Riverside Energy Center in the Town of Beloit to an existing 345-kV transmission line in the Town of Beloit or Town of Rock.
The project is needed to connect the expanded Riverside Energy Center to the electric transmission grid. The expanded Riverside Energy Center will include a natural gas-fueled generating station with an integrated solar installation.
“We have identified a number of preliminary corridors for the project,” said Charles Gonzales, ATC senior local relations representative. “This open house will provide property owners, local officials and other stakeholders in the area an opportunity to review project maps, ask questions and provide input on the project.”
The open house date, time and location are listed below. Members of the project team will be on hand to answer questions and share information. There will not be a formal presentation.
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 4 to 7 p.m.
Boundaries Bar & Grill, Birch Room Banquet Hall, 3807 S. Riverside Drive, Beloit
Following the open house, public input will be used to narrow the preliminary corridors to proposed routes, which will be presented at an open house in spring 2017. A formal application to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin will be filed in 2017 for authorization to construct the line. If the project is approved by the PSC, construction is expected to begin in 2018 to meet an in-service date of 2019.
A project map and up-to-date information are available at www.atc-projects.com.
American Transmission Co. was named by Great Place to Work® as one of the country’s Best Small and Medium Workplaces, as announced today in Fortune. This is the third consecutive year ATC has been named to the esteemed list.
ATC won this accolade based on employees’ anonymous responses to an extensive survey about their levels of trust, pride and camaraderie at work. Results from the survey are highly reliable, having a 95 percent confidence level and a margin of error of 5 percent or less. Great Place to Work reviewed the survey results of more than 52,000 employees from hundreds of companies in the ranking process. Among the findings from the study: trust fuels business performance. For example, the Best Small and Medium Workplaces enjoy roughly three times the revenue growth of their peers, even as they provide a better experience for their people.
As ATC strives to be America’s premier energy delivery partner, processes such as these help illustrate how ATC employees experience their workplace.
“It is an honor to be named a Great Place to Work, because it reflects the way our employees feel about working at ATC,” said ATC President and CEO Mike Rowe. “We care about our employees and we try to provide an atmosphere where everyone can thrive, both personally and professionally.”
The Best Small and Medium Workplaces is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and Fortune based upon employee survey feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations.
ATC also ranked in 2016 as a Best Workplace for Giving Back and a Great Place to Retire From by Great Place to Work and Fortune.