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ATC files application with Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for new southeast Wisconsin transmission line

Project will strengthen the electric system in southern Walworth and western Kenosha counties

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – Following more than two years of public outreach with local residents, American Transmission Co. today filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin seeking approval for the Spring Valley-North Lake Geneva Transmission Line Project.

The project includes the construction of a new 138,000-volt transmission line from the North Lake Geneva Substation in southern Walworth County to the Spring Valley Substation in western Kenosha County. ATC’s preferred route is approximately 25 miles and runs primarily along Highway 50. This option also includes construction of a new substation, called Balsam Substation, on an ATC-owned parcel along Highway 50 in the Town of Wheatland. A new 69-kV transmission line along County Highway O would connect the new substation to the existing Twin Lakes Substation in Twin Lakes. The alternate route is longer at approximately 34 miles and it follows a more southerly route from the North Lake Geneva Substation through Bloomfield and Twin Lakes, veering north along County Highway O, then west along County Highway K before tracking south to connect with the Spring Valley Substation.

“Additional electricity is needed in this area to ensure electric system reliability, especially since the population in the region is increasing,” said Doug Berton, ATC project manager. “In addition, when other lines in the region need to be taken out of service for maintenance, or there is an unplanned outage, this project would provide redundancy to help ensure that the lights stay on.”

The PSC will conduct a comprehensive review of ATC’s application, including the two proposed route options. The PSC’s regulatory review process includes conducting technical and public hearings that likely will be held in fall 2015, with a final decision expected in 2016. The PSC will notify local residents and businesses of the dates and times of the hearings, which provide the public an opportunity to make their concerns known to the decision makers.

The project is estimated to cost $71 million to $91 million. If the project is approved, construction would begin in 2017 to meet an in-service date of 2019. Additional information, including a copy of the application, can be found on the PSC’s website under Docket No. 137-CE-167.

Note to editors: A map of the project can be found here and additional information can be found at:

American Transmission Co. names Mark Davis executive vice president and chief operating officer

Davis is successor to Mike Rowe, who was promoted to CEO

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – Mark Davis has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer of American Transmission Co. Effective May 1, Davis will report to newly appointed Chief Executive Officer and President Mike Rowe, who takes over for current CEO John Procario, who will serve as executive chairman until his retirement on July 31.

Davis will oversee System Planning, System Operations, Construction and Asset Management. He joined ATC in 2006 as director of Asset Management and was promoted to vice president in 2012. He has led the development and implementation of ATC’s Asset Management program that has helped the company earn top transmission reliability scores in a number of recent industry benchmarking studies. Davis joined ATC after a 20-year career with Indianapolis Power & Light Co., where he served in a variety of engineering and construction leadership roles. Davis serves as a leader in a number of industry organizations including the North American Transmission Forum, the Electric Power Research Institute, the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Davis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering technology from Purdue University.


PSC approves order for Badger Coulee Transmission Line Project

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Real estate acquisition work to begin in May

MADISON, Wis. – The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin today approved the formal order outlining the requirements that must be met in the construction of the 345,000-volt Badger Coulee Transmission Line. Project partners American Transmission Co. and Xcel Energy will begin contacting landowners along the approximately 180-mile line in May to begin the real estate acquisition process. The project, which will electrically connect the La Crosse area to northern Dane County, will help ensure electric reliability for communities throughout western Wisconsin and improve access to lower-cost power and renewable energy.

While construction is not set to begin until spring 2016, negotiations with landowners will begin next month to acquire easements along the route. Negotiations, along with construction, will be sequenced over eight segments, working from south to north.

“Landowners who live along the route in Dane, Columbia and a portion of northeastern Sauk County soon will receive information about easement negotiations as well as their rights under Wisconsin law,” said ATC Real Estate Manager Sarah Justus. “Negotiations are very important to resolving landowner questions and concerns specific to individual properties.”

“We look forward to continuing our discussion with landowners,” said Xcel Siting and Land Rights Manager Sarah Schwartz. “Public input was critical in identifying a route, which resulted in a line that will use existing utility and highway corridors for more than 90 percent of the approved route.”

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.

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. The project is expected to be placed in service in 2018.

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A map of the approved route and additional project information are available at

About ATC
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

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

Monroe County-Council Creek transmission line project is in service

Project improves electric reliability in western Wisconsin communities

MADISON, Wis. – American Transmission Co. on Monday placed into service a transmission line project that will strengthen electric reliability and improve access to lower cost energy in the region. The project involved building a new substation in Tomah, upgrading an approximately 17-mile, 69,000-volt electric transmission line from the Monroe County Substation in Sparta to the Council Creek Substation in Tomah and adding a 161-kV circuit to the line.

“This project is certainly a team effort, and a big thanks goes out to the other four utilities involved – Xcel Energy, Alliant Energy, Oakdale Electric Cooperative and Dairyland Power Cooperative – whose high level of coordination and flexibility helped make it a success,” said Andy Schaeve, ATC project manager. “I also would like to thank the construction crews who worked more than 80,000 hours on this project over a span of 18 months with no lost-time injuries.”

ATC filed an application to construct the project with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in July 2010, and received approval in November 2012. The project is projected to come within the PSC-approved budget of approximately $49 million.

Note to editors: A map and additional project information is available at

American Transmission Co. names Mike Rowe as new CEO

American Transmission Co. names Mike Rowe as new CEOProcario 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.