American Transmission Co. is featured on the list of 50 Best Workplaces for Giving Back according to the consulting firm Great Place to Work® and Fortune magazine.
Great Place to Work® analyzed surveys from nearly 600 companies to rank those that best create a sense of purpose and meaning among their employees through involvement in the community. Not only do these workplaces stand out for their generosity, their team members also express a great deal of pride in what their organizations accomplish.
“This recognition is particularly gratifying. ATC employees have proven to be generous in their time and resources for making a difference in the communities we serve,” said ATC President and CEO Mike Rowe. “I appreciate employees who volunteer throughout the year for our days of caring or their personal passions. I also appreciate employees’ support of our United Way campaigns and for donating to organizations that are further supported through our Matching Gifts Program. I am grateful to be among employees who genuinely care and take the time to give back.”
In the spirit of giving back, ATC will donate $1,000 to a non-profit organization chosen by employees in each county where its offices are located: Brown County, Dane County, Dickinson County and Waukesha County.
“The Best Workplaces for Giving Back demonstrate more than just a commitment to charity,” said Kim Peters, executive vice president at Great Place to Work®. “These organizations have earned employees’ admiration by involving staffers in their community service efforts and contributing resources in ways that genuinely reflect their unique cultures.”
ATC and the other winning companies were selected based on responses to the Trust Index©, Great Place to Work’s employee assessment survey. Employees rated their sense that they make a difference in their jobs, the meaningfulness of their work, and the impact they feel their organizations make in the community. The list also took into account company programs and an analysis of anonymous employee comments about their workplaces.
The Best Workplaces for Giving Back 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.
Last fall, ATC also ranked among the nation’s top-25 medium-sized Great Places to Work as published in Fortune.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Workplaces list ranks ATC number 3
PEWAUKEE, WIS. — American Transmission Co., owner and operator of the electric transmission grid in portions of the Upper Midwest, has been selected as one of the 2016 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Workplaces in southeastern Wisconsin. This is the seventh year the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has published the list of top area workplaces, and this is the fourth time ATC has been nominated and named to the list. This year, ATC is number 3 on the list of midsize companies, up from its number 4 position last year.
The top workplaces are determined based on feedback from an employee survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, an organizational health and employee engagement research firm. ATC scored well above its peer organizations in the electric utility industry when it comes to efficiency and being open to new ideas.
“People learn, grow and stay here to enjoy our spirited one-team culture that values collaboration and innovation,” said ATC President and CEO Mike Rowe. “Being honored as a top workplace is credit to our employees, who are among the best in our industry.”
Last fall, ATC also ranked among the nation’s top-25 medium-sized Great Places to Work as published in FORTUNE magazine. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel will publish its complete list of top workplaces this weekend.
Features best-in-class operations, community involvement, environmental stewardship
ATC’s 2015 annual report is now in print and available for viewing at our website.
The report highlights the year’s accomplishments in operations, construction, maintenance, environmental stewardship, community outreach and financial performance. It has some pretty pictures, too.
In his introductory letter, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Mike Rowe notes the hallmarks of the ATC organization: collaboration, innovation and leadership. ATC routinely collaborates with other transmission owners and stakeholders to assure reliable, economic and efficient planning for the build out of the regional grid. We also have worked with six utilities in the Railbelt region of Alaska to form a transmission company patterned after our business model. With a focus on innovation, Rowe notes that a team dedicated to overseeing internal projects to create efficiency, streamline processes and reduce costs has already achieve nearly a half-million dollars in cost savings. And our leadership is recognized by garnering the Great Place to Work® designation from FORTUNE magazine for the second year in a row.
To view a copy of the report, click here.
Spring Valley-North Lake Geneva Electric Reliability Project expected to be in-service summer 2019
PEWAUKEE, Wis. – The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin today approved a new transmission line project between the Town of Salem and the City of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. At an open meeting, the commissioners confirmed the need for the Spring Valley-North Lake Geneva Electric Reliability Project and approved Proposed Route 1, the blue route, submitted by ATC in its application filed in April 2015.
“With input from the public, our project team evaluated more than 200 miles of route segments during the routing and siting process,” said Doug Berton, ATC project manager. “That thorough review led to a project and decision by the PSC that will provide a significant improvement in the electric reliability of the transmission system that serves the area and supports the economic growth that’s been increasing over the last several years.”
The project was announced in early 2013 and includes a new substation, called Balsam, located on the north side of County Highway 50 in the Town of Wheatland, and a new approximately 23-mile, 138,000-volt transmission line from the existing North Lake Geneva Substation in southern Walworth County to the existing Spring Valley Substation in western Kenosha County. An additional approximately 4-mile, 69-kV transmission line will be built to connect the new Balsam Substation to the existing Twin Lakes Substation in Twin Lakes.
“We will continue to work with landowners and communities as we move into the pre-construction phase of the project,” said Berton.
The project is estimated to cost $70.6 million. The PSC’s final order for the project is anticipated to be issued within the month. Construction is projected to begin in summer 2017, with an in-service date of summer 2019.
American Transmission Co. proposes electric reliability project for southeast Wisconsin and northeast Illinois
Residents can provide input on new power line and substation at March 16 public open house
PEWAUKEE, Wis. – American Transmission Co. is proposing a project to address an electric reliability issue that occurs when there are high power flows on the transmission system from Wisconsin into Illinois. The proposed Wisconsin-Illinois Reliability Project would provide a reliable, alternative power path to address emergency conditions and accommodate increased power flows. The project components include: constructing a double-circuit 345-kilovolt transmission line to connect to an existing line near Pleasant Prairie, Wis., and connecting that line to the ComEd transmission system through a proposed substation area on the north side of Rosecrans Road (Hwy. 173) in the village of Wadsworth, Ill.
ATC will host a public open house from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, at the Thunderhawk Golf Club, 39700 N. Lewis Ave., Beach Park, Ill. The open house gives local residents and other stakeholders the opportunity to learn about the proposed project and substation location, and to provide feedback about the project. This open house will be the first of three public open houses; subsequent meetings will be held in Illinois later this spring.
“The existing transmission lines between Wisconsin and Illinois are designed to transport a limited amount of power, but the amount of electricity moving between the two states has increased significantly in the last five years,” said Barbara Mikolajczyk, ATC major project manager. “When those lines become heavily loaded, there’s a substantial risk for widespread, cascading outages. This project would alleviate that risk by providing increased reliability for this area.”
The transmission line could range from three to five miles in length, and depending on the route selected is estimated to cost between $52 million to $63 million. Regulatory applications will be submitted to the Illinois Commerce Commission in mid-2016 and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in fall 2016. A decision from each of the regulatory agencies is expected in early 2017 and fall 2017, respectively.