Construction on a new 345,000-volt power line in the Town of Beloit is slated to begin this fall, according to a spokeswoman for American Transmission Company. The power line will suspend wires above several properties just south of Finley Road between the Rock River and Gesley Road. The line will span 4.2 miles and connect via a substation to Alliant Energy’s new West Riverside Energy Center, a $700 million power plant under construction near Town Line Road.


American Transmission Company has bought land to build a proposed electrical substation for the $10 billion manufacturing complex Foxconn Technology Group is building in southeast Wisconsin. It has purchased 33 acres of land in Mount Pleasant for $2.4 million. ATC plans to build a new substation east of the Foxconn complex and connect it with high-voltage power lines. The utility plans to have new lines run between Kenosha County and Racine County. Foxconn is expected to use about 200 megawatts of electricity, six times more than the next-largest factory in the state according to ATC. The Taiwanese company plans to make advanced liquid-crystal-display panels for commercial and consumer uses, including televisions. ATC needs to win approval of the project from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. Work on the substation and the $117 million electric transmission lines could begin in the fall.


Two Wisconsin lawmakers are calling on state utility regulators to examine the likely effects of a proposed high-voltage transmission line between Madison and Dubuque, Iowa.  Republican Rep. Travis Tranel of Cuba City and Republican Rep. Todd Novak of Dodgeville have asked the Wisconsin Public Service Commission to study possible alternatives before approving the Cardinal-Hickory Creek line.  American Transmission Co., ITC and Dairyland Power will work to build the 102-mile line, which is estimated to cost $500 million. The costs would be shared by consumers in 15 states and one Canadian province. Wisconsin customers would pay for about 15 percent of the cost. The 345-kilovolt line would be the third transmission project in western Wisconsin since 2015.

ATC Receives Approval from PSC for Transmission Line

On January 12th, American Transmission Company received approval from the Public Service
Commission of Wisconsin to construct an approximately 4.2 mile, 345,000-volt Riverside
Transmission Line Project. The project will consist of a double-circuit transmission line from a
planned new substation near the Alliant Energy West Riverside Energy Center to an existing
345-kV transmission line in the Town of Beloit.

The line is needed to connect the expanded West Riverside Energy Center to the electric
transmission grid. The West Riverside Energy Center will include a natural gas-fueled
generating station with an integrated solar installation.

“The ordered route is made up of segments from the two routes that ATC submitted to the PSC,”
said ATC Project Manager Mark Sanzenbacher. “The anticipated project cost is approximately
$42 million.”

The planned in-service date of the line is 2019.


American Transmission Co., ITC Midwest LLC and Dairyland Power Cooperative have plans for a high-voltage transmission line connecting northeastern Iowa and western Wisconsin that would provide economic benefits, improved reliability and better access to renewable energy resources for the region. Dubbed the Cardinal-Hickory Creek Project, the 345-kilovolt line would run for 125 miles from Dubuque County, Iowa, to Dane County, Wisconsin. Various alternative routes are currently being considered and the companies expect to file a formal application with regulators some time in 2018-19.

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