What's Current | American Transmission Co. - Part 79
Some work deferred in northern Wisconsin; scope scaled back in Michigan
DE PERE, Wis. – American Transmission Co. has modified the scope of its Bay Lake Project – a proposed collection of transmission lines and substations to enhance reliability in northeastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
“As we noted when announcing the project in spring 2012, there’s a delicate balance among transmission, generation and electric load in the region. Now, a year later, that balance continues to shift,” explained David Hovde, ATC’s local relations representative for the project. “The industry also is transitioning to more region-wide transmission planning, with the regional operator, MISO, playing a larger role. These issues have required further study; consequently, we are deferring some work in northern Wisconsin and making revisions to the project in Michigan.”
Specifically, work is being deferred on the proposed 345-kilovolt line between the Morgan Substation in Oconto County, Wis., and the Plains Substation near Quinnesec, Mich. MISO is undertaking a Northern Area Study, which is reviewing long-range transmission needs in Manitoba, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Additionally, feedback from industry stakeholders and further analysis of evolving reliability standards indicates that a single-circuit 138-kV line between the Holmes Substation in Menominee County, Mich., and the Escanaba area will be adequate for the foreseeable future. This will require substantial review of the routing and siting work done last year to identify opportunities to co-locate the new circuit with existing 69-kV facilities. This also may bring additional stakeholders into the process. An open house to present two routes for the new line will be held in the area in June 2013.
No changes have been made to the proposal between the Green Bay area and the Morgan Substation. Open houses will be conducted in May 2013 to present the location of a new Green Bay-area substation and two routes for a 345-kV line and a 138-kV line.
Additional information is available at www.BayLakeProject.com
Niagara native has extensive energy policy experience
PEWAUKEE, Wis. – Eric Myers has joined American Transmission Co. as manager of business development, working to expand electric transmission opportunities beyond ATC’s primary service territory in Wisconsin and Michigan.
Myers most recently served as director of energy and environmental policy at Duke Energy in Charlotte, N.C., responsible for federal water and natural resources policies impacting the electric power industry. He also served as a senior analyst in the commercial fuels division of Cinergy, based in Cincinnati, as a member of the company’s leadership development program. Myers began his career in the utility industry at the Edison Electric Institute working in energy and environmental policy, and served as executive director of a coalition of telecommunications and energy companies. During college, he held consecutive summer internships in the Wisconsin legislature and the U.S. Congress.
Myers earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and a Certificate in Environmental Studies from UW-Madison. He holds an MBA from The George Washington University. He and his wife Sarah, who is a native of Elm Grove, will be relocating from North Carolina with their two children this summer.
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.”
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 www.atc-projects.com.
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).