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May is National Electrical Safety Month

May is National Electrical Safety MonthHow much do you know about your home’s electrical system and the devices that run on it? The Electrical Safety Foundation International recommends a home electrical inspection if:

  • Your home is more than 40 years old,
  • You purchase a previously lived in home,
  • Your home has undergone a major renovation, or
  • You have added major new appliances in the last 10 years.

Visit a virtual home to take an electrical safety tour at the ESFI website:

Avoid downed power lines

Downed transmission lineSpring weather often brings tornados and severe storms. While transmission lines can withstand severe weather, the potential exists for storm damage, including downed power lines. Here are a few safety tips if you should encounter a downed power line.

  • If you see a downed line, always assume it is live. You cannot tell if it is energized just by looking at it.
  • Move away from it and anything touching it with shuffling, small steps. Keep your feet together and on the ground at all times to minimize the potential for a shock.
  • Do not attempt to move a downed power line or anything else in contact with it by using an object such as a broom or stick.
  • Do not touch or step in water near where a downed power line is located.

ATC employees celebrate Earth Day through service

ATC employees removing invasive speciesWe’re gearing up to celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, with a variety of activities for our inaugural Earth Day of Caring. Employees in our Kingsford, Mich., office will assist the Dickinson Conservation District plant white pine seedlings and help prepare seedlings and fruit trees for sale in early May. The Baird Creek Foundation in Green Bay will benefit from our De Pere employees who will go on the prowl for invasive species along a popular parkway. Pewaukee employees will join thousands of other volunteers organized by Milwaukee Riverkeeper to remove trash and perform spring clean-up along rivers in the metro area. Getting dirty and having fun while restoring and maintaining the Aldo Leopold Nature Center’s prairie, marsh and woodlands will keep our Madison and Cottage Grove employees busy.

Our environmental commitment is woven into the fabric of ATC. We continually balance our responsibility to ensure electric reliability with environmental stewardship in our transmission line projects, community outreach and right-of-way maintenance activities.

You can read more about our stewardship connections in our 2014 Environmental Annual Report.

ATC’s new CEO is a familiar face

American Transmission Co. names Mike Rowe as new CEODuring their April meeting, the American Transmission Co. Board of Directors selected ATC Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Rowe to serve as ATC’s next president and chief executive officer.

Rowe has been with ATC for more than eight years. He joined the company in January 2006 as vice president of Construction, and in 2012 was promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer with responsibility for Asset Management and System Operations. In May 2014 he also assumed overall responsibility for System Planning. Under Rowe’s direction, ATC put processes in place that helped the company complete more than $2 billion in projects on time, within budget and delivering value to its customers.

Outgoing President, CEO and Chairman John Procario, who announced last year his plans to retire, will hand over the reins to Rowe on May 1. To ensure a smooth transition, Procario will serve as executive chairman until his retirement on July 31, and will continue as chair of the ATC board through the end of 2015.

Congratulations to Mike Rowe on his new role!

2014 annual report features best-in-class operations, community involvement, environmental stewardship

AnnualReport-2014Each year, American Transmission Co. issues an Annual Report that highlights construction and operations, project updates, financial information and more.

2014 highlights include:

Operational excellence: We 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.

Improved electric reliability, innovative technology: A 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.

Environmental activities above and beyond the lines: Stewardship efforts and work this year included 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.

Giving back: 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.