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American Transmission Co. keeps communities green by awarding $60,000 for vegetation plantings

Program advocates electric reliability by promoting plantings outside the right-of-way

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – American Transmission Co. recently awarded $60,000 to 39 communities in its service area to plant trees and other vegetation through its Community Planting Program, which is part of ATC’s Grow Smart ® initiative. Trees and other vegetation purchased by communities through the Community Planting Program reinforces this initiative by supporting the planting of tall-growing trees and other vegetation outside of high-voltage transmission line rights-of-way.

“Since this program began in 2013, ATC has awarded nearly $190,000 to more than 130 communities for planting projects,” said Mark Davis, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Trees are an important part of our environment. Tall-growing vegetation needs to be kept away from transmission lines to keep the public safe and the system reliable, and this program makes that initiative a win-win for everyone.”

To qualify, community recipients committed to complying with ATC’s maintenance standards for all current and future planting plans and urban forestry activities near high-voltage electric transmission lines. In addition to Norway, Mich., the following Wisconsin communities received amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000 for planting projects on public property where ATC facilities exist:

AlgomaConoverMaustonSpencer
AntigoDe PereMcFarlandStevens Point
BarabooEdgarMuskegoTomahawk
BaysideFond du LacOcontoTroy
BelgiumForest County Potawatomi CommunityOregonTurtle
BellevueGreen BayPeshtigoWhiting
Big BendHoriconPittsvilleWilson
BrooklynHortonvillePlattevilleWinter
Brown DeerKronenwetterPrinceton
CambridgeMarshallReedsburg

 

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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 $3.8 billion to improve the adequacy and reliability of its infrastructure. ATC now has $4 billion in assets, including more than 9,540 miles of transmission lines and 545 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.

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