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Helicopter, air saw to be used for tree trimming

Ground access to transmission line corridor presents difficulties

A helicopter and heavy-duty air saw will be used to trim trees along a 20-mile transmission line corridor west of Stevens Point, Wis., this week.

“Difficult terrain and wetlands around the transmission line corridor make it very difficult to access with ground crews,” said Dan Horton, vegetation management specialist for American Transmission Co. “The helicopter and air saw allow trimming to be performed in a few hours; a ground-based crew might take several days to accomplish the same amount of work in difficult conditions.”

ATC has contracted with Aerial Solutions, Inc., a company that specializes in aerial tree management along transmission line corridors. The helicopters are equipped with a heavy-duty air saw with rotary blades suspended on a 90-foot vertical boom. In some areas, additional vegetation may be removed by ground crews.

Managing the growth of trees and other vegetation is key to helping ensure public safety and electric system reliability. ATC performs routine vegetation management on its 9,480 miles of transmission lines in five-year cycles.

New WIRES study first guide to all benefits of building transmission

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A new study commissioned by WIRES and authored by economists at The Brattle Group finds that new high-voltage transmission investments offer numerous potential benefits that have too often been disregarded as remote, intangible or hard to estimate.

Read the WIRES news release or download the study.

 

Borgard elected to ATC board of directors

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – Lawrence T. Borgard has joined the board of directors of American Transmission Co.

Borgard is the president and chief operating officer–utilities for Integrys Energy Group. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Integrys’ six regulated electric and natural gas utilities. Collectively, the subsidiaries serve 1.6 million natural gas customers and 500,000 electric customers across four Midwest states.

He began his career at Wisconsin Public Service Corp. as an engineer in 1984, rising to leadership positions in field operations, regulatory compliance, transmission and planning. More recently, he has held executive level positions at multiple Integrys subsidiaries.

A recent chairman of the board of the American Gas Association, Borgard also serves on the board of directors of Bellin Health in Green Bay, Wis., and was a recent campaign chairman for the United Way of Brown County. He also is an executive advisor and member of the board of governors of the Metropolitan Planning Commission in Chicago.

On the ATC board, Borgard replaces Charles Schrock, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Integrys Energy Group.

Eric Lundberg joins ATC Pewaukee headquarters

Will manage business development financial services

 PEWAUKEE, Wis. – American Transmission Co. is expanding its business development efforts across North America and has added Eric Lundberg to its staff to manage financial services.

 Lundberg comes to ATC from Agile Energy, a developer of utility-scale renewable and natural gas energy projects based in San Bruno, Calif., where he served as vice president of finance. He brings nearly 20 years of experience in the electric power industry, having performed financial modeling and analysis, risk assessment, forecasting and other financial duties at PacifiCorp and The AES Corporation. His international experience includes projects in Chile and Puerto Rico.

 A Certified Public Accountant, Lundberg holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Houghton College.

American Transmission Co. launches program to sponsor community planting

Program supports efforts to beautify communities

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – American Transmission Co. this month launched a planting program to support tree and vegetation planting in communities in its service area. Under the program, eligible cities, villages, towns, counties and tribes may apply for financial support for planting projects on public property within their community.

“As an owner and operator of the area electric transmission system, it is our responsibility to keep trees and brush out of the rights-of-way of our power lines for safety and reliability reasons,” said ATC Environmental and Local Relations Manager Greg Levesque. “While we can’t allow trees and brush in our rights-of-way, we do understand that they are an important part of the community landscape. This program helps us support efforts to beautify communities in a manner that is consistent with our safety and maintenance standards.” 

To qualify, communities must commit that all current and future planting plans and urban forestry activities near high-voltage electric transmission lines will comply with ATC’s maintenance standards. Priority will favor projects that promote safety and reliability of the transmission system by supporting right-of-way best management practices and keeping trees out of the right-of-way.

ATC will accept program applications June 1 through Sept. 30 each year, and recipients will be selected by the end of the calendar year. Awards will range from $100 to $5,000. 

Additional information, including a program brochure and eligibility information, is available on the ATC website: http://www.atcllc.com/learning-center/trees-and-vegetation/grow-smart-and-safely-in-your-community/.