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American Transmission Co. recognized for environmental achievement

Michigan’s DEQ names ATC “Clean Corporate Citizen”

DE PERE, Wis. – The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has recognized American Transmission Co.’s environmental stewardship activities with one of its highest honors, the Clean Corporate Citizen designation.

Known as “C3,” it is a voluntary program that recognizes environmental stewardship at Michigan facilities. Candidates demonstrate facility-specific environmental management systems, active pollution prevention initiatives, and a consistent record of compliance with state and federal environmental requirements.

“Achieving and maintaining superior environmental performance has always been a top priority for our company,” explained Greg Levesque, ATC’s environmental manager. “We are committed to environmental leadership throughout our business, as evidenced by our participation in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Green Tier Program. It is only natural that we would adhere to the same standards with our work in Michigan.”

ATC announces open houses for Spring Valley-North Lake Geneva Electric Reliability Project

New electric transmission line and substation proposed to improve electric reliability

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – American Transmission Co. is announcing the proposed Spring Valley-North Lake Geneva Electric Reliability Project with informational open houses in late January for residents and other stakeholders to review substation sites and potential routes for the proposed 25-mile, 138-kilovolt line from southern Walworth County to western Kenosha County. The new transmission line and substation are needed to improve electric system reliability in the area.

“This is the start of our public outreach on the proposed new electric infrastructure. The open house is an opportunity for area residents to learn about the project and review the various route options and substation sites currently under consideration,” said Mary Carpenter, local relations representative. “Public input and feedback helps us better evaluate the route options for challenges and sensitivities.” 

The electric transmission system in the area is vulnerable to low voltages and power outages and will no longer adequately support the lower-voltage distribution system. ATC studies indicate that the project would deliver benefits to the area by strengthening the electric transmission system to meet the growing use of electricity. This estimated $80.6 million project will provide system redundancy and allow for maintenance outages to equipment and facilities when repairs are needed.

ATC is hosting two open houses.

The public is invited to attend either of the following open houses any time between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 29, Hawks View Golf Club, 7377 Krueger Rd., Lake Geneva
  • Wednesday, Jan. 30, Christ Lutheran Church, 24929 75th St. (Hwy. 50), Paddock Lake

Following these open houses, ATC will narrow the potential route options and conduct additional open houses later this year before filing an application in 2014 with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for permission to build the power line and substation. If approved by the PSC, construction would begin in 2016 to meet an in-service date of 2019.

Note to editors: A map and additional information about the Spring Valley-North Lake Geneva Electric Reliability Project is available at

Drumm named associate general counsel at ATC

Will be responsible for federal energy regulatory matters

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – Brian Drumm has joined American Transmission Co. as associate general counsel. An attorney licensed to practice law in Wisconsin, Michigan and Washington, D.C., he will be responsible for corporate and policy issues before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Prior to joining ATC, Drumm worked as expert attorney at DTE Energy Co., Detroit, Mich., where he was the sole in-house counsel for federal energy regulatory affairs. DTE is the largest utility company in Michigan and one of the largest utility companies in the country. He joined DTE after 10 years working for law firms in Milwaukee, Wis., and the Washington, D.C. area.

“Brian’s experience with issues before the FERC will bring additional expertise to the ATC legal team as we address the myriad issues facing the transmission industry,” said Catherine Heigel, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of ATC.

Drumm received his bachelor’s degree in political science and pre-law from Michigan State University and his law degree from Indiana University School of Law (Bloomington).

ATC begins construction on Pleasant Prairie-Zion Energy Center Project

Transmission line will provide multiple benefits to the area

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – American Transmission Co. later this month will begin construction activities on a new 5.8-mile, 345-kilovolt electric transmission line that will strengthen the electric system in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois. ATC received approval last May from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and Illinois Commerce Commission to build the Pleasant Prairie-Zion Energy Center Transmission Line Project. The project also received approval from the Midwest Independent System Operator as a multi-value project for the economic benefits the line will provide to customers of local utilities.

The Pleasant Prairie-Zion Energy Center line establishes another important high-voltage interstate connection between Wisconsin and Illinois. The new line will relieve congestion on the existing transmission system in the area, allowing output from the most economic power plants in the region to supply electricity more of the time. 
“We are pleased to begin construction on this project,” said Mary Carpenter, ATC local relations representative. “We have been working on designing the line, developing construction access plans and obtaining the necessary easements and permits for construction.”

Construction activities beginning this month include vegetation removal and laying construction mats in some areas. In February crews will begin erecting steel poles and stringing wires beginning on the north end of the project in Pleasant Prairie and moving to the south to the Zion Energy Center. 

The line will largely follow the existing railroad right-of-way between the two end points. The project, estimated at $31 million, is anticipated to be completed and in service by August 2013.

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

PSC approves ATC’s Monroe County-Council Creek Project

Plan includes new substation, rebuilding existing transmission line between Sparta and Tomah areas

MADISON, Wis. – American Transmission Co. on Tuesday received approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to build the new Timberwolf Substation in the Town of Tomah and upgrade an approximately 17-mile, 161- and 69-kilovolt electric transmission line from the Monroe County Substation in the Town of Sparta to the Council Creek Substation in the City of Tomah.  

 “The current transmission system that serves the area is aging and susceptible to overloads and severe low voltages,” said ATC Project Manager Andy Schaeve. “Rebuilding the 69-kV line and adding a new 161-kV line will help strengthen electric reliability for the area. The new line also will provide economic savings by reducing line losses and increasing access to lower cost power.”

The project involves replacing the structures and wires of the existing 69-kV transmission line and adding a 161-kV circuit to the new steel structures. Transmission line work will generally be completed within the existing right-of-way area. To allow for flexibility on the 69-kV system, ATC also will build the new Timberwolf Substation approximately 1/2 mile south of Interstate 90 along Highway 131.

ATC in July 2010 filed an application with the PSC to construct the project. The estimated project cost is $48 million. The line is expected to be in-service in late 2014.

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