AERIAL TREE TRIMMING PLANNED FOR WESTERN WISCONSIN

A helicopter and heavy-duty air saw will be used to trim trees along two existing 138,000-volt transmission lines from Montfort to Cassville and Cassville to Platteville. American Transmission Company has contracted with Aerial Solutions, Inc. to manage vegetation growth along its transmission line corridors. The helicopters used by Aerial Solutions are equipped with heavy-duty air saws and rotary blades suspended on a 90 to 100-foot vertical boom.

American Transmission & Xcel Energy Discuss Badger Coulee Project

American Transmission Company and Xcel Energy have held a public outreach session to provide information about their 180-mile 345-kilovolt Badger Coulee Project. The pre-construction open house occurred on July 21 in Lake Delton, Wisconsin.

“Landowners who may be affected by construction and members of the public were welcome to attend the pre-construction open house,” according to Charles Gonzales, ATC Senior Local Relations Representative. “This event provided an opportunity for people to learn what to expect in terms of equipment, timing and appearance of the line.”

AMERICAN TRANSMISSION COMPANY AGAIN NAMED A BEST WORKPLACE

American Transmission Company is one of the 2016 Best
Workplaces in Manufacturing and Production, according
to the global research and consulting firm Great Place to
Work® and Fortune Magazine. ATC ranked 8th on the list,
a ranking based on employees assessments of the trust
they feel toward ATC’s leaders, the pride they take in their
jobs and the camaraderie they experience with coworkers.
The Best Workplaces in Manufacturing and Production as
a group are noted for profit sharing, giving employees a
measure of job security and low turnover.

American Transmission Company Looks North

American Transmission Company is looking north as part of its growth plan, way north, in fact all the way to Alaska. The Transmission Company is working with local utilities to create a transmission utility there similar to its operations in Wisconsin. The original formation of ATC led to construction of major power lines across the region, including projects that expanded Wisconsin’s power-line linkages with Minnesota and Illinois. ATC has been in discussions over the past two years with municipal and cooperative utilities in Alaska’s most populous region, according to Anne Spaltholz, ATC spokeswoman.

PSC Approves New Transmission Project and Rebuild


The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) has approved a new electric reliability transmission line project near the Village of Eden, Wisconsin. At an open meeting, the commissioners agreed on the need for the Creekview Interconnection Project and approved the north route proposed by ATC in its application filed earlier this year.

“This 138,000-volt transmission line will support the low-voltage distribution system in the region by connecting to a new We Energies substation,” according to Barbara Mikolajczyk, ATC project manager.

The project was announced in Spring 2014 and includes a new We Energies substation, called Creekview, located on the north side of County Highway F, east of Greenway Road, and a new, 9-mile, 138-kV transmission line to provide service to the new substation.

The new transmission line will be co-located with an existing 345-kV line. The estimated project cost is $25 million to $26 million. A more refined cost estimate will be included in the PSC’s final order for the project, which is anticipated to be issued within the month. Construction is projected to begin in Fall 2016, with an in-service date of January 2018.

The PSC has also issued an order to rebuild a 14-mile, 138-kV transmission line in southeastern Wisconsin. The St. Martins-Edgewood-Mukwonago Rebuild Project runs from the St. Martins Substation in Franklin to the Edgewood Substation in Big Bend and continues on to the Mukwonago Substation in Mukwonago.

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