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ATC places new transmission line in service

Chandler-Old Mead Road improves electric reliability in Escanaba area

DE PERE, Wis. – A new six-mile electric transmission line and a new substation have been placed in service in the Escanaba, Michigan, area.

The 138,000-volt transmission line runs from the Chandler Substation northwest of the city to the new Old Mead Road Substation located near the NewPage mill.

“The new line will help improve electric reliability,” said David Hovde, local relations consultant at American Transmission Co. “Previously, transmission facilities in the area were often overloaded; they also were so critical to maintaining service to customers that it was difficult to take an outage to perform maintenance on the system.”

Construction on the $25 million project began in summer 2013.

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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 to improve the adequacy and reliability of its infrastructure. ATC now has $5 billion in assets, including more than 9,890 miles of transmission lines and 568 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

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