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ATC welcomes Milwaukee Academy of Science students

High school students from Milwaukee Academy of Science recently visited American Transmission Co. to learn about careers in the electric transmission industry.

Milwaukee Academy of Science is a K-12 charter school founded almost 20 years ago by the late T. Michael Bolger, former president and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin, to promote science, technology, engineering and math curriculum and encourage students living in Milwaukee to attend college and enter STEM careers.

The MAS students who attended the ATC event are interested in different applications for engineering as they decide which fields to study in college. Their visit began with a tour of ATC’s system operations control room. They also heard a panel discussion by ATC employees who shared information about their education, careers and varied responsibilities in their roles at ATC, and answered questions.

ATC employees enjoy their work and are inspired by helping to educate the next generation about the great opportunities available in our industry. We appreciate having the chance to welcome MAS students and look forward to hearing from them as they make their education decisions and begin their careers.

Employees welcome Fairview School for career education

American Transmission Co. cares about students in our community. As part of our commitment to mentor students in science, technology, engineering and math programs, ATC has partnered with Fairview School through the Milwaukee Public Schools district’s Adopt-a-School program to support students in the classroom and teach them about real-life applications of STEM skills. Fairview educates students in grades K4-8 with STEM programming.

Recently, employees welcomed a visit from seventh and eighth grade students from Fairview School to share information about their job roles and give them a tour of our facility.

For the visit, Fairview teachers requested that employees share information about a wide spectrum of careers available at ATC, whether directly STEM related or not.

Employees gave small-group presentations in an open-house format to allow students to interact and ask questions. Students learned about employee roles in cybersecurity, environmental project management, construction, engineering, asset maintenance, system operations and legal.

MPS Director of Strategic Partnerships and Customer Service Kellie Sigh attended the event. She said, “The Adopt-a-School program is a win-win for our partners and for MPS. This partnership has provided several opportunities for our students to connect with ATC business professionals at Fairview school and at ATC’s offices. This event showcased senior project managers, engineers, attorneys and human resources officials. What was especially exciting is that some of the presenters were MPS alumni. We are grateful to ATC for working with us to build a strong partnership that has really been a benefit to our students.”

We are proud to partner with Fairview School and MPS and look forward to future opportunities to bring education to life for students in our community.

Railbelt utilities seek regulatory approval to form transmission utility

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Four Railbelt utilities, Golden Valley Electric Association (“GVEA”), Anchorage Municipal Light and Power (“ML&P”), the City of Seward (“Seward”) and Homer Electric Association (“HEA”) have jointly submitted an application to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (“RCA”) for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to form a transmission-only utility in Alaska’s Railbelt region. Today’s filing is the culmination of more than four years of voluntary work by the above parties working in close collaboration with Chugach Electric Association (“Chugach”) and Matanuska Electric Association (“MEA”). The work to date has included an evaluation of how the formation of an Alaska Railbelt Transmission company can provide overall benefits to consumers. The Railbelt utilities have worked closely with American Transmission Co., (ATC) a Wisconsin-based transmission-only utility formed through a similar effort in 2001 in the Midwest.

Today’s filing with the RCA establishes:

  1. the need to form a transmission-only utility;
  2. the interest of each utility participating in the formation;
  3. a tariff that describes how transmission services will be provided to each of the existing Railbelt
    utilities and other users of the system, including the allocation of costs; and
  4. the ongoing responsibilities of the Railbelt’s utilities to operate, maintain and invest in the
    transmission system.

The next step in the application process is a determination by the RCA that the application is complete, following which there is a 6-month review period prescribed for the Commission’s decision. The Railbelt utilities’ application can be found on the RCA website.


Anchorage Municipal Light & Power
– ML&P provides electric utility service to commercial, university and medical customers in the downtown and midtown business districts as well as industrial loads in the Ship Creek and port areas. In addition, it serves residential customers in some of Anchorage’s oldest neighborhoods in its roughly 20-square-mile area. ML&P powers Joint
Base Elmendorf-Richardson and sells electricity to other Railbelt utilities. www.mlandp.com 
Media contact: Julie Harris, HarrisJA@muni.org, 907-263-5423

Golden Valley Electric Association – GVEA is a member-owned cooperative that serves over 44,800 meters and maintains 3,260 miles of transmission and distribution lines in Interior
Alaska. Its system is interconnected with Fort Wainwright, Eielson AFB, Fort Greely, Clear AFB, the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and all electric utilities in the Alaska Railbelt, which extends from Homer, Alaska to Fairbanks. www.gvea.com
Media contact: Corinne Bradish, cabradish@gvea.com, 907-451-5676

Homer Electric Association, Inc. – HEA is a member-owned electric cooperative that serves the western Kenai Peninsula. The cooperative has over 33,000 meters on its system and maintains 2,407 miles of energized lines. HEA owns and operates three generation plants on the Kenai Peninsula and its transmission services provide all Railbelt utilities access to low-cost energy. www.homerelectric.com
Media contact: Bruce Shelley, bshelley@homerelectric.com, 907-283-2324

City of Seward Electric System – City of Seward runs its own electric utility and purchases power from
Chugach Electric Association and has backup generation capabilities. www.cityofseward.us
Media contact: Brenda Ballou, bballou@cityofseward.net, 907-224-4045

American Transmission Co. – ATC is a Wisconsin-based utility that owns and operates the electric transmission system in portions of Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois. Formed in 2001 as the nation’s first multi-state transmission-only utility, ATC has invested $4.5 billion to improve the adequacy and reliability of its infrastructure. ATC now owns and operates $4.7 billion in assets, including more than 9,600 miles of transmission lines and 554 substations. 12% of ATC’s ownership is municipal and cooperative utilities, and 88% is investor-owned utilities.  www.atcllc.com
Media contact: Anne Spaltholz, aspaltholz@atcllc.com, 877-506-6117

ATC receives STEM Forward 2019 Spirit of STEM award

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, American transmission Co. was honored to receive the 2019 Spirit of STEM award from STEM Forward. ATC was recognized for our partnership with Fairview School in Milwaukee Public Schools, our volunteerism and support for STEM Forward’s Future City Competition and involvement with robotics. We are grateful to be recognized for something we care so much about as an organization.

Fairview School is a K4-8 school that includes STEM programming. ATC supports student projects in the classroom and our employee volunteers help teach them about real-life applications of STEM skills. We recently formalized our partnership with Fairview through the MPS Adopt-a-School program. We are committed to continue working with Fairview teachers and students through the 2020 school year to provide help that is valuable to the school.

Future City is a project-based learning program where students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade imagine, research, design and build cities of the future. This year’s challenge, Powering Our Future, was perfect for ATC employee involvement. Students were challenged to design a resilient power grid that that could survive and quickly recover from a natural disaster and explain how it works. Employees volunteered to present information about ATC and the power grid to students and teachers and helped judge the competition.

A group of students mentored by an ATC employee competed in a robotics tournament after building and programming a robot. High school students in the Dickinson County School District in Michigan competed at the First Robotics Competition last year at Escanaba High School.

We are proud of our commitment to help educate students involved in STEM programs and look forward to future volunteering and mentoring opportunities in communities we serve. Getting involved with STEM programs also allows us to share information with students and teachers about ATC and what we do and gives them exposure to careers in our industry.

Thanks to STEM Forward for the honor and Fairview School teacher Jason Floyd for presenting us with the Spirit of STEM award.

Both lanes reopened on Broadway in Madison after downed wire caused closure

MADISON, Wis. –  Crews responded to a downed wire on East Broadway near the intersection of Edna Taylor Parkway in Madison today. 

The downed wire caused the closure of both lanes of westbound traffic on East Broadway. One lane of traffic has been reopened. Repairs are expected to be completed this afternoon. 

The incident occurred after an equipment failure, which caused the wire to drop on the road.

Updated 1:28 p.m.: Both westbound and eastbound lanes of traffic have been reopened.