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American Transmission Company’s Headquarters Sold

The American Transmission Company corporate headquarters
in Pewaukee, a 13.9-acre property, has been sold to an
affiliate of Cleveland-based MAI Capital Management by an
affiliate of Chicago-based Oak Street Real Estate Capital.

The owner purchased the ATC headquarters in 2012 for
$65 million from Interstate Partners. The facility is known as
RidgeView Office Center III. It has a three-story 123,833-
squarefoot office building, a 33,600-square-foot industrial
building and 357 parking spaces. The buildings were
constructed in 2009.

Anne Spaltholz, ATC director of corporate communications,
said the company has a long-term lease for the facility and
there will be no changes to its operations.

MGE Announces Leadership Changes

 

Madison Gas and Electric and MGE Energy have announced
that effective March 1, 2017, Gary Wolter will retire as
President and CEO of MGE Energy and its subsidiary,
Madison Gas and Electric Company. Jeffrey Keebler will
assume the roles of President and CEO at that time.  Wolter
will continue as Chairman of the Board of both companies.

Keebler also was appointed to the Boards of Directors of
both companies effective March 1, 2017. The announcement
reflects the Company’s succession planning and thoughtful
transition in executive leadership. The Company remains
committed to its mission as a community energy company.

Wolter took over as President and CEO of both MGE and
MGE Energy in February 2000 and took over as Chair in
February 2002.  Upon his retirement, Wolter will be the
longest serving Chair and CEO in Company history.

“It has been an honor to serve our community over the
years and work with such dedicated and capable coworkers.
I am grateful for this opportunity,” Wolter said.

Keebler started with MGE in 1995. He has a Bachelor of
Science Degree in Finance and Economics from the
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Master of Business
Administration from the University of Wisconsin-
Whitewater. He has held various leadership positions at
MGE in Energy Supply, Rates, Generation Planning,
Information Technology, Customer Service and Human
Resources. He is currently MGE’s Senior Vice President –
Energy Supply and Planning. “I look forward to building
on the foundation laid by my predecessors and addressing
the challenges of the future,” Keebler said.

Jeffrey Newman, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial
Officer, Secretary and Treasurer, will take on an expanded
role. Gregory Bollom, Assistant Vice President – Energy
Planning, and John Jicha, Director – Energy Supply and
Trading, will report to Newman. Craig Fenrick, Senior Vice
President – Energy Operations, also will take on additional
responsibilities. Joseph DePoorter, Director -NERC
Compliance and Generation Operations, will report to
Fenrick.

WEC Interested in Former Coke Plant Property

WEC Energy may buy a 46-acre former Solvay Coke property in Milwaukee. After an environmental clean-up effort, the site could be an important part of the harbor area’s redevelopment.

The contaminated property has frontage on the Kinnickinnic River and Milwaukee’s inner harbor south of Greenfield Avenue. Although contaminated from past years of industrial use, the property’s size, water frontage and location south of downtown has made Solvay Coke a perennial subject of redevelopment talks. Former industrial buildings were torn down earlier this summer.

The property has been owned by Golden Marina Causeway LLC, of Illinois, which has been going through an ongoing bankruptcy case.

2016 Annual Meeting Thank you

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Cathy Stepp, Wisconsin DNR Secretary, addressing members at the 2016 WUI Annual Meeting Held at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay


We wish to thank . . .

Our excellent speakers:
Cathy Stepp, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary
and Pat Stevens, DNR Division Administrator Air, Waste, and Remediation and Development.

Our panelists:  Chris LaRowe (Wisconsin Public Service), Matt Pagel (Xcel Energy), John Sumi (MG&E), Kristin Gilkes (Alliant), and  Joel Haubrich (WE Energies).

Our Host and luncheon speaker:  National Railroad Museum Education Director, Robert Lettenberger.

Our members:  We thank our WUI members for your attendance and participation!

Gratefully,

Executive Director, James Buchen
Deputy Director, Michelle Lancaster
Chairman of the Board, Roger Cole
& the WUI Board of Directors

2016 Election Preview by James Buchen, Executive Director, WUI

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James Buchen, Executive Director, WUI

With the election just weeks away the race for the Whitehouse is beginning to close. The fact that Donald Trump has become competitive nationally as well as in Wisconsin has eased concerns by some Republicans that a poor performance at the top of the ticket might adversely affect candidates down ballot. In the race for the U.S. Senate, former Senator Russ Feingold has been leading in the polls but the race remains close. The outcome of the Wisconsin Senate race could swing control of the U.S. Senate, though it is looking increasingly likely that Republicans will retain control of that house in the next congress. Similarly Republicans are expected to retain control of the House of Representatives next session as well.

In Wisconsin, the Legislature is currently controlled by Republicans with a margin of 19 to 14 in the State Senate and 63 to 36 in the Assembly. Half of the members of the Senate are up for election this year but there appears to only be one truly close, contested race.  The race for the vacant 18th Senate District seat that includes Fond du Lac, Oshkosh and Waupun appears close, though analysis of its historic voting patterns suggests that it leans Republican. Regardless of the outcome in that race, the Republicans are likely to retain control of the State Senate.

In the Assembly, all 99 seats are up for election this year though no more than a dozen appear to be close contests. Even if the Republicans lose a couple of seats they will retain control of the Assembly.

From an energy policy standpoint the outcome of the Presidential election could have a significant impact on issues ranging from the EPA’s Clean Power Plan to oil and gas production and pipeline construction. In Wisconsin, with Republicans likely to remain in control of both houses and the Governor’s office, we should expect a sensible policy environment without any costly new energy regulations.

There is a lot at stake this election year.  Be sure to get out and vote on November 8th.

ATC ENERGIZES 138,000-VOLT TRANSMISSION LINE

After years of planning, regulatory review and construction, a 58-mile transmission line has been placed in service between the Holmes Substation in Menominee County and the Old Mead Road Substation in Escanaba, Michigan. The project is designed to help address the unique needs of the electricity supply system in the area. “Putting this new transmission line into service will greatly benefit our customers throughout the region,” according to Brett French, ATC External Affairs Manager. “The project reflects ATC’s commitment to invest in strengthening the U.P.’s electric transmission system.”

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